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National Council of Sports asks for 1.4 Trillion ahead of the 2024/2025 financial year

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The members from National council for Sports led by General Secretary Dr. Bernard Ogwel presented a budget of 1.4 Billion Uganda Shillings to the Parliamentary committee in charge of Education.

This budget is in preparation of the upcoming sporting events this year of 2024/25 which include Olympics and Paralympics in Paris, African Games in Ghana and the East African games in Rwanda.

However, with new developments at Lugogo sports complex and Africa Cup of Nations hosting preparations that will have take the lion’s share of this wholesome amount.

Uganda, just like the other two AFCON 2027 hosting nations will be required to pay $30m (111B UGX) each to CAF before 2025.

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni directed for a construction of a new stadium in Hoima which will cost 380 Billion UGX and a need to construct 11 training facilities both in Kampala and Hoima which are expected to cost 110 Billion UGX.

Reconstruction of the Lugogo sports complex is also set to amount to at least 790 Billion UGX.

NCS general secretary Bernard Patrick Ogwel informed the committee about additional costs resulting from these developments in Lugogo;

“We were provided 360 million shillings to rent office space for the the NCS administration block.”

“The president ordered us to upgrade the Uganda Athletics Federation from 3B to 10B for their improved performances, that’s a deficit of 7B that needs to be covered.”

Ogwel also expressed the need for more money to facilitate another presidential directive of appreciation funds for athletes who bring home medals.

He also revealed that the famous Lugogo cricket oval will be relocated to Kyambogo University and assured that all arrangements have been finalized.

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