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Uganda’s female sports leaders urged to re-brand, fill big offices

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Participants pose for a photo with UOC president William Blick at the end of the women and sport seminar.

Participants pose for a photo with UOC president William Blick at the end of the women and sport seminar. Photo by Ismail Kezaala. 

By Sande Bashaija

Posted  Wednesday, December 25   2013 at  02:00

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All sports. Most sports federations and offices in Uganda are run by men.

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Kampala

Women must step up to the high table of sports management in Uganda. That was one of many resolutions made by participants during the Women and Sport seminar held at Grand Imperial Hotel on Saturday.

“You must work on your leadership and negotiation skills,” Dr Michael Byaruhanga Kadodoba, one of the key presenters at the hugely attended one-day seminar, told participants. “As sports leaders, you need to rebrand and create an image that can attract partners to your sport or federation,” he added.

The seminar, organised by Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) under the women and sport commission, pulled participants from several federations.

Active athletes Janet Achola and Mildred Gamba were also in attendance. Kyambogo University lecturer Catherine Adipo stressed the need to have more women in top managerial position in Uganda’s sports bodies.

One of very few Ugandan women to make a mark as a soccer referee, reckoned females can make better managers in sports settings if given a chance. “Everyone of us here must encourage girls and women to pursue careers in coaching and management,” Adipo stated. Professor Era Mugisa,Hadijah Namanda, Sharifa Sanyu, Chocho Immaculate and Aisha Nassanga made some refreshing presentations covering gender issues.

sbashaija@ug.nationmedia.com