August 19, 2013

Alupo – Government must now double efforts in sports

Education and Sports Minister Jessica Alupo (R) welcomes back golden Kiprotich at Entebbe International Airport on Monday| File Photo
Education and Sports Minister Jessica Alupo (R) welcomes back golden Kiprotich at Entebbe International Airport on Monday| File Photo

The Minister of Education and Sports, Jessica Alupo has said it is high time the government doubled efforts in supporting sports in the country to win more medals.

Alupo told Red Pepper in an interview at the Protea Hotel in Entebbe that it is high time that more finances are invested in sports so that the country can ripe big.

She was speaking during the welcoming ceremony of Stephen Kiprotich who did the nation proud by winning gold at the just ended IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia.

Kiprotich together with his family had taken a rest at the Hotel before proceeding to State House for an official welcome luncheon. Kiprotich beat early pace setters from Ethiopia Lelisa Desisa and Tadese Tola to first place with a time of 2:09:51 last Saturday.

The Minister said the achievement that Kiprotich has brought to the country in two consecutive years at Olympics and World Championships means a lot for Uganda.

“This means the youth in this country have potential to achieve in whatever objectives they want if they are disciplined and Kiprotich’s win also means we can even do better,” she said.

She explained that Kiprotich’s achievement has shown that there is a good working relationship between government and the sports federations and Associations.

She said after such victories government should be persuaded to increase the money input in sports, but added that a well established sports Authority like is the case in Kenya should be made stronger.

The government recently provided the Uganda Athletics Association and FUFA with buses to ease their work.

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