By Solomon Hamala
Sarah Babirye an aspirant for the position of president Uganda netball federation (UNF) has promised to lobby for funds towards construction of mini stadiums across the constituency in a bid to professionalize the game.
Babirye while addressing delegates from Busoga region at Sol view Hotel in Iganga municipality today 3rd June 2021 said there is urgent need to develop netball right from the grassroots level if players are to gain exposure thus gain professional status.
“I cannot fail to convince local leaders or big companies around to give me funds for construction of mini stadiums for netball “she said.
She promised to be transparent during her term in office by disclosing funds received from government or donors during annual general meetings besides supporting netball players whenever possible to ensure fair play is adhered to when disputes arise.
Babirye who also served as female youth Member of Parliament Central region in the 10th parliament vowed to strengthen the relations ship between UNF and Uganda Olympic committee executive board.
She promised to revive the lost glory of the netball game by re-introducing the youth, grass root netball galas and national league.
Babirye accused the current leadership of UNF of deliberately blocking some delegates from over 50 districts from taking part in the past elections for reasons best known to them.
“There are many administrative units in the country but only delegates from 71 districts are allowed to take part in the voting process,” she said.
She said netball cannot develop when some delegates are being blocked from taking part in the decision making process of the game.
Babirye has previously starred on the parliament’s netball club as a shooter managing to win several tournaments both locally and abroad.
Delegates from Busoga region unanimously resolved to back Babirye as their sole candidate for the position of president Uganda Netball Federation.
Richard Muhumza, the director Dynamic schools in Mukono and Kampala who is also vying for the position of vice chairperson technical UNF said now is the time to realize change by electing leaders who are competent, transparent besides hard working.
Muhumuza promised to introduce new faces on the She cranes currently rated number 7 in the world by spotting talents across the country through regional netball galas.