Makerere University targets lots of benefits from World University Netball Championships
- Makerere University will host the 3rd edition of the World Uniersity Netball Championships this year.
- The event is expected to attract over 10,000 participants across the globe.
- The Association of Uganda University Sports (AUUS) in conjunction with Makerere University and the support of several stakeholders won the bid to host the prestigious showpiece scheduled to take place from 17th to 21st September 2018, beating Namibia, England and Jamaica.
Launching the 3rd Edition of the World University Netball Championship on Tuesday 1st August 2017, the Minister of State for Sports, Hon. Charles Bakkabulindi unveiled the Championship Logo, website and social media platforms, reiterating the readiness of the Government of Uganda, the Ministry of Education and Sports to support and market the event.
World University Netball Championships 2018 Logo launched by Hon. Charles Bakkabulindi
Hon. Charles Bakkabulindi said: “I salute the people who won the bid. This is a national issue. Hosting the Netball Championships presents a lot of opportunities to Uganda and Makerere University. It reminds me of the benefits when Uganda hosted CHOGM.”
Hon. Bakkabulindi pledged to team up with the Minister of Education and Sports, also Patron of the Netball Championships, Hon. Janet Kataha Museveni, the Association of Uganda University Sports, and Uganda Netball Federation to ensure that the Uganda University Netball Team emerges the Winner.
The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University ( then Acting), Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe who is also the President of the Local Organising Committee highlighted that the event presents to Makerere University an opportunity to work with Government and stakeholders to refurbish her sports facilities. Prof. Nawangwe disclosed that Makerere University lacked an indoor stadium, and called upon the Government of Uganda, Makerere University community, alumni, the sports fraternity, and other stakeholders to join the fundraising drive aimed at constructing a Shs10bn 3,000 seater multi-purpose indoor stadium at Makerere University
Ms Penninah Kabenge, Head-Secretariat, Local Organising Committee revealed that Netball is a rapidly emerging sport in Uganda thus hosting Championships will enhance the Government of Uganda’s efforts towards promotion of education and Sports. She added that the host institution Makerere University will also benefit from the international publicity for the period of preparations and conduct of the event.
“Sports is one of the tools that steer development. University sports in particular focuses at a group of youth who are tomorrow’s leaders. It should therefore be able to create visible impact on the host and participants… Hosting such a world-class championship does not just elevate Uganda, which successfully participated at the Netball World Cup finishing in the top 8…” She echoed.
The University will rely on her rich experience in organising other world-class events such as the July 2008 5th All Africa Games, 2nd World University Woodball Championship 2010 and 19th World University Cross Country Championship 2014 among others to deliver a successful and historic championship.