March 11, 2013

Uganda To Bid For The 2020 Youth Commonwealth Games

William Blick UOC President
William Blick UOC President

The Acting President of the Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC), William Blick has today announced that Uganda will bid to host the 2020 Youth Commonwealth Games.

Blick said in his report during the General Assembly currently on-going at the Kati Kati Restaurant Conference Centre that Uganda is  working hard in partnership with UK Sport to table a bid that is strong.

Blick said Uganda last year successfully hosted the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Assembly with over 50 countries sending representatives.

Blick revealed that during this meeting Uganda was recommended to host the Assembly in a very professional manner. The opportunity was presented by the CGF President HRH Imran Tonku and the CEO Mike Hooper for Uganda to submit interest to hosts the 2020 Youth Commonwealth Games.

Salim Musoke, the President Uganda Weightlifting Federation, told Uganda Radio Network that Uganda is capable of hosting these high profile Youth Games if there is help from all stakeholders including the government.

The first Commonwealth Youth Games were held in Scotland in August 2000 where 733 Athletes from 14 countries competed in 8 sports over 3 days. The second edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games took place in Australia in December 2004 and saw over 1000 athletes and officials from 22 countries in a 10-sport programme.

In 2011 the Games took place in the Isle of Man where Uganda also sent athletes in badminton, cycling, athletics and weightlifting. The 2015 Games will take place in Apia, while the 2017 will be in Castries, St. Lucia.

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