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Inept NCS sleeping on the new Sports Act

NCS general secretary Bernard Ogwel

NCS general secretary Bernard Ogwel

Back in 2021, Fufa president Moses Magogo commenced on the task to revamp the archaic sports laws by seeking leave from parliament to draft a private member’s bill.

It was a commendable move but in the process, he soiled it by not involving other sports stakeholders in the drafting of the bill. It was not until he tabled it that parliament sought fresh ideas and whereas there were some back-and-forth deliberations, the timeframe was too short.

Nonetheless, President Museveni finally assented to the eagerly-awaited National Sports Act in August, 2023. I have my reservations with the Act such as its handling of fraud, but I expected a flurry of activity to enlighten the sports fraternity about the Act and how it is going to transform Ugandan sport.

It is now three months down the road but there is hardly anything tangible to show the impact of the Act. Under the new Sports Act, the National Council of Sports (NCS) is practically the lead entity in regulation and guidance about sports but, unfortunately, it remains silent.

For instance, I would wish to know whether all sports federations have registered with NCS as a body corporate as mandated by the new law. Unfortunately, NCS has never seemed to be interested in the new sports law.

It was always a Magogo and Fufa project and that perhaps explains why the council is adamant to implement the rules and regulations of the Act. In the three months, I have not heard about a single workshop by NCS to enlighten the sports fraternity about the Act and how it will impact on the administration of sports.

Technically, even the NCS board is supposed to have been disbanded already because under the new law, the composition of the board should have representation from the Education ministry, regions, athletes and the private sector, among others. What’s even more infuriating is that there seems to be no roadmap at all from NCS to regularize the Act.

The author is SC Villa president emeritus

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