By Kampala Post Reporter
The Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi has received Mission Uganda sports team of UPDF back from the 12th Edition of the EAC Military games and cultural events in Kenya where they emerged the overall winners.
The welcome ceremony was held at the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs headquarters at Mbuya hill on Thursday. Mission Uganda represented the country at the sports, games and cultural events that run from 11th to 24th August 2019.
The team scooped two gold medals in Netball and volleyball, two silver medals in Basketball and a bronze in athletics. The Awarding and closing ceremony was officiated by the Kenyan President Uhuru Mwigai Kenyatta. Welcoming back the sports men and women, Gen Muhoozi commended them for the excellent performance in Nairobi.
The CDF applauded the players for the discipline, spirit of patriotism, teamwork, resilience and stamina which he said put Uganda and the UPDF on the EAC sports spotlight. He observed that sports and games do not only promote discipline and health but also promote regional cooperation and integration. He promised more support to sports and appreciated the teams for their excellent performance despite limited resources.
"Thank you for keeping the UPDF spirit of performing better with little resources, you have given us a lesson to learn and we shall adjust accordingly to have our sports department supported much better," he said. The UPDF Chief of Education, Sports and Culture Brig Francis Takirwa who was the head of Mission Uganda, thanked the UPDF leadership for entrusting him with the team to Nairobi. He was happy having brought the team back safely and triumphant.
The contingent commander Col John Mark Ssemanda who is also the Director of sports in UPDF said that the games enhanced discipline to the military profession and promoted brotherhood amongst the EAC partners. "The games deepened and widened the relationship and understanding between UPDF and other country teams with whom we played," he observed.
At the same function outstanding UPDF sports men and women were recognized. They include, Sgt Tugume Titus for Kickboxing who was awarded two golds and one silver in the World Championship in Texas U.S.A, IMMAF world championship in Los Angeles California and a Belt trophy, and IKF world championship in Orlando Florida.
S/Sgt Sekabira Tonny Africa Military games Gold holder in Nairobi, World championship Gold in Canada and E.Africa gold in Rwanda. Others were Sgt Tumukunde the world championship title in 2013, the world combat league 2010 in Italy and the world championship 2010 winner in Greece. Lastly, was Cpl Sebute Abdul the National Tittle champion of 2019.