MBARARA. Uganda Paralympic Committee boss Bumali Mpindi has commended Mbarara for hosting this year's National Disability Sports Gala and asked them to further embrace the Paralympic movement.
"We had a very big problem in the whole of Western Uganda that people did not know about disability sports," Mpindi said at the opening ceremony at Kakyeka Stadium.
"Now there's a growing awareness in Mbarara and that's a very big achievement for us. And we need to keep it up."
The gala is hosted on a rotational basis by regions to break social barriers and create awareness about the games: Kampala 2014, Busia 2016, Gulu 2017 and Mbarara 2018.
Action at the 2018 edition started proper this morning, with Gulu's Richard Ocira winning the 100m wheelchair race in 21:17 seconds. Bosco Tumwine and Elia Matsiko, both from Mbarara followed in that order.
Then Mpindi added that disability sport has potential to grow but it depends a great deal on sponsorship, which is still lacking "due to negative attitude."
Track and field events , wheelchair basketball, goal ball, amputee soccer, with teams like Kyambogo University, Kisoro, Isingiro, Arua, among continued through the day.