Uganda Wildlife Authority bagged many accolades from the just concluded 9th Edition of the Inter-Forces Games. In a closing event held at Namboole stadium on 25th November, UWA scooped sixteen best titles in different games.
The organization was for the fourth time also awarded the title of best disciplined force in the inter-force games and the Executive Director on behalf of the organization received a prestigious award for hosting the 8th edition of the games.
The games that kicked off with a shooting range competition at Kigo on the 18th of November saw UWA winning different champion titles. UWA scooped the gold title for men in shooting range, a silver title for women and 1st runner up title in volley ball and darts.
The forces that participated in this year’s event include Police, Prisons, UPDF and UWA. The forces competed in shooting ranges, football, volleyball, netball, handball, darts and athletics for both men and women categories. The host for next year’s event will be by UPDF who were also the winners of this year’s games.
The winners that brought home medals included Otim Kenneth who won a bronze medal in the 100m race, Nanyondo Winnie and Kipchumba Tom who won silver medals in the 400m race plus Aber Lucy and Senoga David for winning a gold and silver medal in javelin respectively.
Other winners in the games include Otim Samuel who scooped a silver medal in high jump, Comaketch Felix, with a silver medal in discus and UWA was the second runner-up in a 4 by 400m race.
In addition, UWA offered an all expenses paid trip to the top winners of every game to a national park of their choice.
“In the spirit of friendship among forces, this offer shall be done each and every year so that sports men know about the natural resources in their country.” Dr. Seguya said.
In a speech made during the closing ceremony, Dr. Andrew Seguya commended the organizers of this year’s games and also said that UWA’s offer to the inter-forces was one of the ways of motivating participants to work harder during the games and also build team work among forces.
The Inter-Forces Games were officially closed by the Minister of State for Sports, Honorable Charles Bakabulindi who was also the Guest of Honor and the ceremony was graced by important guests like the Executive Director of UWA, the Assistant General of Police, Assistant Chief of Defense Forces, the Assistant General of Prisons, the Chairman of Ugnada Olympic Committee among other important dignitaries from police and other forces.
The Guest of Honor applauded the forces for their efforts geared at cooperation between the forces. He further noted that the games were a way of building on public image and a way to enhance corporate image through partnerships of the forces.
“I am impressed by this effort you people have put in these forces and I urge you to continue the spirit of organizing such games because it brings the forces together.” the Minister said.
With the theme “Towards a crime free society through sports, prerequisite to the forces and the general public –co-operation”, the 9th Edition of Inter-Forces Games was aimed at promoting unity among the forces to build a health work force and bridge the gaps between forces and the public to improve on marksmanship ownership skills.