Parliament has granted leave to Budiope East MP, Moses Magogo to introduce a Private Member’s Bill to create a sports fund for purposes of providing a predictable and sustainable mechanism to facilitate national sports in the country.
The National Sports Bill, 2021 will also create a tribunal to settle sports disputes and regulate the operation and administration of national sports associations, federations and community sports clubs.
It seeks to dissolve the National Council of Sports and reconstitute a new body that will be known as the Uganda Sports Commission.
Additionally, the Bill if passed will prohibit vices in sports administration like doping, manipulation of sports results, unauthorized use of sports results in betting as well as abuse of commercial rights of national sports associations and federations.
During the November 30, plenary sitting chaired by Deputy Speaker Anita Among, Magogo who doubles as the president of the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) noted that the proposed legislation would address administrative challenges facing the national sports associations and sports clubs.
Magogo was concerned that the sports sub-sector has previously been regulated by a law that was enacted in 1964 as the National Council of Sports Act Cap 48.
He noted that the law has since become obsolete and cannot regulate modern games.
“We can no longer afford treating sports and games as passive activities, the sub-sector is an enterprise that brings national prestige and offers enormous opportunities especially to the young people so it can’t be regulated under such an old law and many commonwealth countries that had a similar sports laws have since enacted new laws,” said Magogo.
Uganda enacted the National Council of Sports Act in 1962 with expert support from the Ghanaian Government that resulted in the formation of the National Council of Sports (NCS) in 1964.
Tororo Woman MP, Sarah Opendi who seconded the motion said that the 1962 legal regime on sports in Uganda is out of touch with current trends.
She said that the Sports sector if well utilized will create employment opportunities for the young people who are the majority.
She added that sports also supports the national health goal of improved lifestyle and wellness and can equally contribute to the growth of the economy.
Bukomansimbi South MP, Geoffrey Kayemba Ssolo, while seconding the motion said the introduction of a Court of Arbitration for sports under the new Bill will improve the spirit of sportsmanship and curb unnecessary court appeals.