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Lacrosse US dream hit by financial constraints

By Charles Lwanga

Added 14th November 2020 07:32 AM

The association is scheduled to participate in the World Women Lacrosse championships in Maryland, USA.

Lacrosse US dream hit by financial constraints

Lacrosse players in action

The association is scheduled to participate in the World Women Lacrosse championships in Maryland, USA.

The current economic situation in the country caused by Covid-19 might be primarily the major reason as to why the Uganda Lacrosse Association may opt to take part in only one of the two tournaments at hand.

The association is scheduled to participate in the World Women Lacrosse championships in Maryland, USA, and the World men's Junior Lacrosse Championships in Northern Ireland.

However, the association has to pay sh500m as a commitment fee to both competitions to the local organising committees to confirm their participation.

This has forced the association president Ibrahim Makanda to call for a meeting with the executive members to choose which tournament they can take part in due to a lack of funds.

Lacrosse being that it's not part of the priority sports considered by the National Council of Sports (NCS), they face difficulties in getting funding.

Despite the financial challenges, the association has managed to secure funds from its members to do trials although they are still looking for sh20m for testing players for Covid-19 and camping the teams ahead of next year's championship.

The association is in talks with Nike and Warriors Lacrosse to support their cause.

Makanda pointed out that in case they reach December before getting the required funds then they will opt to participate in only one event.

"We have up to December to decide whether to take part in both competitions. If we are to consider taking part in one competition then we shall take the women's team (World Women lacrosse championships in Maryland, USA) since it's their first time," Makanda said.

"We urgently need money to help us carry out the Covid-19 tests for the players and the technical teams which are needed on a fortnight basis. Part of the sh20m will also be used to take part in trial games in Kenya in preparation for the two championships."

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