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Uganda’s National Council of Sports Requests 1.4 Trillion UGX for Sporting Events in New Budget

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ugandas national council of sports requests 1 4 trillion ugx for sporting events in new budget
ugandas national council of sports requests 1 4 trillion ugx for sporting events in new budget




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The Secretary-General of the National Council of Sports (NCS), Patrick Ogwel, has presented a budget request of at least 1.4 trillion shillings for the new fiscal year 2024/2025. Ogwel and other council members appeared before the Parliament’s budget committee to justify the proposed budget, citing various upcoming sporting events as the basis for the financial requirement.

Ogwel emphasized that the substantial amount is necessary due to a multitude of sporting activities planned for the year 2024/2025, including significant events like the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, All African Games, and East Africa Community Games. In preparation for these events, sports federations require funding to send athletes to qualifying events to accrue points for participation.






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One significant financial commitment mentioned by Ogwel is the hosting fees for the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), which Uganda won in collaboration with Kenya and Tanzania through the East Africa Pamoja Bid. A total of 114 billion shillings is earmarked to be paid to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for this purpose.

Ogwel also highlighted the directive from the President to increase the budget for the Uganda Athletics Federation from 3 billion to 10 billion shillings. This increase, he explained, is to support the federation that brought recent glory to Uganda, resulting in a 7 billion shilling deficit.



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Several infrastructure projects were mentioned in the budget proposal, including the Hoima stadium for AFCON (projected to cost 380 billion shillings), construction of ten training facilities in Kampala and Hoima (100 billion shillings), and the development of the Lugogo Sports Complex (790 billion shillings), among other expenditures.




The requested budget of 1.4 trillion shillings is three times larger than the current budget of 48.9 billion shillings, where the Federation of Ugandan Football Associations (FUFA) receives the majority with approximately 17.1 billion shillings.



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This proposal follows a historical trend where sports administrators have consistently advocated for increased sports budgets. The Minister of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development, Matia Kasaija, previously announced an increase in the sports sector budget to 47.81 billion shillings for the financial year 2022/2023, up from 17 billion in the previous year.