UGANDA SET TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION OF AQUATIC CENTRE THIS YEAR

By: Samuel Sanya

KAMPALA, Feb 18 — Construction of Uganda’s first ever aquatic centre could start later this year if all goes to plan, says William Blick, the Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) President, who adds that prime land in the city has been allocated for the mega-project.

“I will not say exactly where the land is, and how much the project will cost for now but I can tell you that an area has been designated for the construction of an aquatic centre,” Blick told visibly excited members of the Uganda Swimming Federation (USF) at its annual general meeting here over the weekend.

“The Russian Embassy in Kampala has long promised to fund the project, but there was no land. We now have the land. The land is within Kampala. (UOC Vice-President Ambrose) Tashobya is working on the details,” Blick stated.

“When complete, the aquatic centre will be the home of Uganda Swimming Federation. It will also be accessible to athletes from other sports federations.”

Donald Rukare, the USF president, said an aquatic centre would boost the federation’s long-term ambitions to be bigger than rugby and football in Uganda.

Blick pointed out that swimming is one of six federations that will have eight-year strategic plans to map out the development of athletes in the sport. The plans will be drawn up with expertise from the German Olympic Committee.

Boxing and rowing are also among the six federations.

Source: NEW VISION

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