The sports ministry has promised to recommend bodybuilder Ivan Byekwaso for a Presidential Recognition Award.
Byekwaso won silver at the World Natural Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships in Nitra, Slovakia last Sunday, missing out on gold by one point. The medal was the first ever by a Ugandan.
“Byekwaso’s victory is something for us to celebrate. As government, we thank him for his commitment,” Sports Commissioner Omara Apita said while welcoming back Byekwaso at National Council of Sports (NCS) offices, Lugogo early this week.
“Just like Stephen Kiprotich (Olympic marathon champion), we are going to recommend his name for the Presidential Recognition for Sports Excellence Award.”The Nile Special-Uspa bodybuilder of the year unveiled his medal at the function that was attended by NCS officials and members of the press. Byekwaso almost cancelled his trip to Slovakia due to lack of funds but President Museveni gave him about Shs8m to enable him travel at the last minute.
The ecstatic bodybuilder said he is now embarking on preparations for the Natural Bodybuilding Olympics due November in USA. “I fulfilled my dream of becoming a professional natural bodybuilder. If I am accorded more support, am sure l will beat the guys in USA,” promised the five-time Mr Uganda champion.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor