LIRA. Uganda Taekwondo Federation (UTF) on Saturday, elected a new executive committee to lead the federation for the next four years.
The federation’s general assembly held at St Lira hotel in Lira town on Saturday elected former vice president Mr Kato Hakim Ahimbisibwe as the new president, taking over from Mr Mwaveiha Amatos, who never contested for re-election.
The general assembly that gathered 30 Clubs across Uganda with 3 delegates from each nominated, attracting 90 delegates declared Kato Hakim the winner for UTF presidency.
Other executive members elected include;, Vice president Charles Osendro, Secretary general Badru Nturage, Assistant Secretary General Robert Kimera, Treasurer Ibrahim Bogere and Luise Owiny as the Organizing Secretary.
Uganda taekwondo federation general assembly also announced Titus Tugume as the Uganda people’s defense force (UPDF) representative in the federation.
Kato Hakim the newly elected president while addressing the delegates after the election restated his commitment to the development of the sport in the country.
He said it was because of his passion for sports that have made him remain involved in its development.
“Apart from being sports fan; I love taekwondo and it is art of me. So I cannot help but identify with its development because taekwondo flows in my veins like blood, I have judiciously served as the president of UTF and since I am on the right seat now, I will make sure we spread taekwondo in the country,” he told delegates on Saturday.
He added that as the president, he will soon appoint five other committee members.
The Korean martial art was introduced in Uganda in 1969 when Nam Suk Kim from South Korea was invited to teach self-defense techniques to officers and men of Uganda prisons. Ever since, taekwondo has spread in the country, including at some of the schools with interest.
Who is Kato Hakim
Master Kato has served as the Vice-president of the Uganda Taekwondo Federation. He started practicing Taekwondo in 1987.
At that time the Federation did not exist, he was just practicing Taekwondo because he loved it. He used to have competitions organized by clubs like GULU, Kampala club, Luzira and Lee club. By then Kato had his own club named Pan Africa TKD club.
He and his club formed Uganda Taekwondo Federation (UTF) in 2000. Since that time Kato served in different posts until recently when he was elected the federation’s president.