Today, Peruth Chemutai, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, won Uganda’s first goal medal by a woman at the ongoing #Tokyo2020 Olympics games.
To me, this reflects more as a ray of light at our sports sector as a country. Let me expound.
Chemitai’s win, the third for Uganda at the 2021 Olympics is a reminder at how neglected still is in the country.
Uganda already has two medals, silver by Joshua Cheptegei and bronze by Jacob Kiplimo.
You see, the global sports industry as of 2021, is a $620 billion industry. Compare this to Uganda’s $28 billion GDP and you can see where I am going.
Our sportsmen and women train in the most despicable of conditions and are always crying out to the government for help.
With a lack of training facilities comes a lack of funding too. Many have to sell their belongings, borrow from different sources, all in the name of going to compete.
Ironically, only when they win do the government officials come out to celebrate them making never-ending and empty promises to better their conditions.
Even in all these conditions, they have never stopped dreaming, they have never stopped competing.
Imagine if only these men and women of valor were being facilitated well. How many wins would we register?
From his words, Joshua Cheptegei, a multi-gold, and silver winner said that he was not the best at it; he is the one who persevered the conditions and stayed in the race.
On this day, as we celebrate the wins Uganda has so far gotten at the #Tokyo2020 Olympics, it is imperative that we talk about the future of sports.
These wins should signify a ray of light and hope at the future of the sports sector in Uganda. Let them not be in vain.
For God and My Country.