By Thomas Odongo
The Uganda National Hockey governing body – Uganda Hockey Association (UHA) emerged second during the 2018 FIH (Federation of International Hockey) Olympic Day Awards held in New Delhi, India on Saturday, during the 46th FIH Congress.
The hockey awards are meant to recognize sports of all activities undertaken by FIH stakeholders on the occasion of the Olympic Day celebrated each year on 23rd June. Uganda celebrated the day in Kibuli at Police Children’s School and their efforts have not gone unnoticed.
Other sports disciplines however held training for only one day (23rd June) but the Uganda hockey fraternity held theirs up to 25th June and engaged in a lot of corporate social responsibility activities.
After this achievement, UHA will receive grants for their development activities as a token of appreciation.
Meanwhile, the project by Hockey India was chosen as the most innovative for this year.
India has about 47 hockey units all of which were engaged in the Olympic Day celebrations.
UHA Chairperson, Lydia Dhamuzungu is happy about this development and believes that it is a huge step for Ugandan hockey.
‘’Every effort to highlight hockey in Uganda is worth it. I know from here we will never be the same again,’’ Dhamuzungu told this reporter via social media.
Dhamuzungu and UHA General Secretary Philip Wafula attended the event.
In Africa, apart from Uganda, only seven countries engaged in the Olympic celebrations namely; Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Botswana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Kenya and Zambia.
Asia was the most active continent with 23 countries celebrating, Europe had only seven nations commemorate the day, Oceania witnessed eight countries engage in the celebrations while Pan-America had only five countries that took part in activities to celebrate the day.