Ugandan president promises more support to star runner Kipsiro

23:05, October 19, 2010      

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has pledged more support to the nation's star runner Moses Kipsiro in his quest for more medals, local media reported on Tuesday.

Museveni, who hosted the Commonwealth Games team to a dinner on Sunday, rewarded Kipsiro with 20 million Ugandan shillings (about 9,000 U.S. dollars) cash prize for his two gold medals at the Games.

The dinner was to welcome back the team from the Games in the Indian capital, New Delhi. A visibly happy president, flanked by first lady Janet Museveni, shared a dinner table with the double Commonwealth gold medalist Kipsiro and his wife Berna at Entebbe State House.

"I congratulate all of you, but in particular, I congratulate Moses Kipsiro for the achievement. We shall give you all the support so that you win more medals," the president was quoted by the state-owned New Vision daily as saying.

"In the future, we must do much more for sports," said the president, noting, "I thank all those who support sports. I encourage you to do more. In future government will also do much more."

Museveni went through Uganda's sporting history, but noted that records were not documented anywhere. He instructed the sports ministry to document the country's sports records.

At the dinner, Museveni also promised to build an athletes' camp house in Kipsiro's village in Bukwo. He said will also improve the Amanang field, in the same area, to boost sports training.

The president also encouraged Ugandans to take on sports not only for competitions but for their health.

Source: Xinhua


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