KAMPALA. After making several impressive strides since woodball was introduced to Uganda in 2006, Uganda have been chosen to spearhead the game’s growth on the African continent according to the president of the domestic governing body Mark Kayongo.
Kayongo, who is also a vice president of the International Woodball Federation, revealed this at the start of the first African woodball workshop that ended at Nabinonya Beach in Entebbe recently. “Our progress is well documented and it is the reason we have been tasked with assisting other African nations,” Kayongo stated. There are nine other African countries that play the game, invented 26 years ago in Taiwan. Uganda boasts of having Lilian Zawedde, the women’s eighth seed.
Zawedde, twice a female woodball player of the year was also last week crowned Uganda Sports Press Association (Uspa) sports personality of the month of February after winning a bronze medal at the Thailand International Open. The country also finished sixth at the 2013 world woodball championship as well as several participations in the World University Games. “New federations need register with regulatory bodies in their respective countries as well as setting up interim committees and looking for various stakeholders,” Kayongo advised the six other countries taking part.
In his remarks, Ndejje University vice-chancellor Erabu Lugujjo said he hopes the workshop helps spreading the game in Africa.