Dipu Ruparelia swept all his opponents with a landslide win in the elections held at Kati-Kati Lugogo to become the fifth president of the Federation of Motorsport Clubs of Uganda (FMU).
The former rally driver tallied 36voted, 11 ahead of second Jack Wavamunno (25votes), incumbent president Dusman Okee collected 14 votes while, city Advocate Geofrey Nsamba got 11votes.
Dipu thanked voters for the trust and promised not to let them down. “There has been a lot of mudsling said, but we are here to clean the sport,” Dipu stated in his acceptance speech after chairman of electoral committee Fred Obbo declared him winner.
“Our first move will be to consult the stake holders and before we come up with our strategic plan,” he added.
The Federation of motorsport clubs of Uganda (FMU) and the electoral commision has burried their hutchet confirming saturdayFebuary 1,2020 as date for the election of new office bearers.
The row had erupted following the EC’s bulletin 005 that threw out delegates from six clubs which included Southern Motorsport Club, UMOSPOC, Vintage, Uganda Motocross club, Mbarara, Eastern Motorsport Club and some members of Uganda Motorsport Marshals Association.
“We have agreed we go on with elections and members has to vote. Electoral commision had just assumed powers which is not theirs,” UMOSPOC vice president Justin Mungoma noted.
It will be fireworks as rally drivers hunt for maximum points in the Clubman Rally Championship, 2WD and Sprint Championships respectively during the FMU Sprint on Sunday at Festino Cite on January26,2020.
The event supported by Coca-cola is the season opener and this year the drivers in CRC ,2WD and Sprint championships will battle out in 10 events.
National Council of Sports (NCS) chairman Bosco Onyik has lauded NSSF for being one of the Organisations that has stood out to support Sports.
Onyik appreciated NSSF in speech during the NSSF-USPA Juniors awards ceremony held at Imperial Royale Hotel on Friday January10,2020.
“I have attended this function because USPA is very active, but I want to thank NSSF for the contributions they extend to sports and other organisations should emulate them,” Onyik noted.
NSSF sponsored the 2015, 2016 and 2018 junior awards to a tune of sh10m.
Onyik warns Federations:
He also warned Federations heads who cannot meet 75percent of their budget to quit office and hand it to government.
“We have got guideline on how to fund federations but they are not active. Why should a federation draw a budget of sh10bn yet they have contributed nothing.” Onyik stated.
“This is not going to work. I’m happy that NSSF is working with USPA and this is what we want,” Onyik added.
The minors were not crowned during the previous Nile Special USPA annual Galas because of the USPA and Nile Special policy of not associating children below 18years with Alcohol.
Notable among those that were crowned are motocross stars Aviv Orland and his sibling Stav Orland, Kirabo Namutebi and Tracy Naluwooza.
The youngsters were awarded as follows, Naluwooza(badminton player),Hassan Ssekanga(cyclist), Rebecca Ssengonzi (female swimmer),Joshua Ekirikubinza (male swimmer) and Winnie Alaro(female hockey player) were the best junior athletes awarded for 2015.
Namutebi (swimmer), Nicholas Malani (male swimmer), Doreen Asiimwe (female hockey player),Aviv Orland (motocross rider) and Brian Kasirye (male badminton player) were best players in 2016.
In 2018, Stav Orland (motocross rider), Ambala Atuhaire (male swimmer), Namutebi (swimmer ) and Immaculate Nakisuuyi (female cricketer) were the best.
NSSF Public Relations Manager Victor Karamagi advised players to prepare for the retirement.
“We believe in the future of Ugandan sport and we hope going forward to invest more. We think our sportsmen and women deserve the support so that when they retire they do it comfortably. The career of a sports personality is limited. The question is have you prepared yourself to retire comfortably, “asked Karamagi.
USPA president Patrick Kanyomozi hailed NSSF for coming on board to sponsor these awards while Hadijah Namanda, Uganda volleyball federation who represented the parents of these athletes advised them to always work harder if they to achieve more in life.
Legislator Samuel Odonga Otto, may be super in politics which explains his long stay in Parliament, but needs some classes to match the pool boys on the table.
The Member of Parliament for Aruu County Constituency in Pader District, in the Northern Region of that county was on Saturday beaten 4-1 in the round of 64 of the New Year’s Kampala Open Pool tournament.
Otto put up a spirited fight but he could not manage the charged Vicent Ssekibule who is targeting the sh2m cash prize for the winner.
After the game Otto said, “He was lucky, I just made a few mistakes and he took the day but I could have beaten him.”
The 43-year-old, is a true a sportsman who sacrifices his time to interact with the youth even late in the night at sports events which explains why he has represented his constituency since 2001.
In the players who were eliminated Sula Matovu beat Yuda Ssembuusi while Ssejenmba aka Mayweather was beaten by ceasor Chandiga,
In the ladies’ category, Lydia Ayebazibwe, Rhoda Nakaweesi and Justin Nampebwa were all eliminated.
Action continues today with the Quarters and finals in the men and Ladies’ categories respectively.