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Ugandan Skaters Celebrate World Skates Day Amidst Lack of Funding

By Sadique Bamwita

 

Kampala

Coach Robert Kazungu skating

Ugandan skaters on April 21, 2024, joined the rest of fellow skaters across the world to celebrate the World skates day though they claim the sport lacks funding from government.

 

During their celebrations held in Wandegeya zone, Kampala capital city, the skaters appealed to the government to extend financial support towards skating.

 

The president of Multi-Talent skaters’ World, Robert Kazungu, argues that if skating receives enough funds, it can attract more young talents who will be able to compete at international level. He added that the age limit for skaters is between 3-75 years.

 

Mr. Robert Kazungu, who is also the Managing Director Kazungu School of skating as well as Head coach for Multi-talent skaters’ world, noted that it’s not true that skating is a sport for hooligans or thugs as people claim but it’s a game for organized people.

 

“As we celebrate 100years of skating across the world, some people perceive skaters to be hooligans yet this is not true. We have two skating federations including Uganda skating federation and Uganda Roll ball federation but none of them is active on ground and that’s the reason why the sport is not funded by the government. Because the sport is not funded the administrators of the two skating federations are just reluctant, ‘Kazungu expressed concern.

 

‘We need serious administrators, sponsors and managers. Currently we have more than 500 skaters in the country and of these only few skaters close to the administrators benefit from this sport.  Most of our skaters come from Kampala streets and that’s why they are perceived to be thugs though this is untrue. I call upon the two skating federations to lobby for funds to enable the sport to grow to a desired level,” he added.

 

The Managing Director Decobs Pro Skaters club, Instructor Yusuf Baligeya explained that one of the biggest obstacles affecting skating is lack of enough equipment and that most of the equipment used are second hand hence are not safe enough to be used.

 

‘I have been skating for the last 10 years and I have trained skaters in areas of freestyle skating and street skating but our major obstacle is lack of support from our skating federations. I therefore, call upon the National Council of Sports to look into this matter to save the future of our talented skaters across the country.’

 

 

He added that in the last five years they have done their best to reorganize skating through registration of all skaters and that this has helped to get rid of bad elements that tarnish the image of innocent skaters.

 

‘A few years ago, skaters were perceived to be thugs but recently the image has improved following the formation of different skating clubs. We have encouraged skaters across the country to join clubs of their choice. We have trained them to be disciplined and those who misbehave are penalized accordingly. However, despite the growth of the sport, there is low supply of skating equipment and most of them have no right safety gadgets and skaters skate on God’s mercy. Most of the equipment we use is second hand from the U.K and we can’t afford to import new ones,’ Mr. Baligeya revealed.

 

Mrs. Barbra Ddumba, a female street skater urged her fellow females to join the skating sport saying just like any other sports, one can get injuries on duty.

 

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