Tuesday August 19 2014

Ex-internationals soliciting funds for multi-faceted health club



Chances are you know of at least one retired sportsman, now living a typical dog’s life. They were either lavish in their heyday, never reaped what they sowed or suffered a very costly illness, possibly as result of sports escapades.

This, among other regrets is what Abdulatif Kiyaga, chairman of the Uganda Sports and Games Ex-internationals, is trying to fight. During their semimonthly meet at Hotel Africana on Sunday, Kiyaga, a former national swimmer and now swimming coach, vowed to advance the proposal by one of the members that a health club be established as an income-generating project.

The group, only initiated last November, aims to start a project that would create jobs and generate incomes to uplift the welfare of the ex-internationals and their families. They thus, resolved to engage several well-wishers like companies, individuals and the sports ministry in a bid to raise funds for the proposed project.

Kiyaga, however, acknowledges that it is wiser to start earlier, “We are not targeting hard cash, and instead we would wish to be helped in terms of material and logistics. But we need to act first. We must secure the piece of land, first, such that whoever we approach for help will not start from scratch,” Kiyaga assessed.

The proposed site for the health club shall accommodate a well-facilitated gym, aerobics centre for services like sauna, steam bath and Jacuzzi; a swimming pool. Also, the facility shall have space for basketball, netball and badminton plus a grocery, a carwash bay, restaurant and children centre. The group is constituted by retirees from all sporting disciplines.