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Bill to regulate administration of sports mooted

The new bill will open new ways of financing the different sports activities

KAMPALA, Uganda, December 1, 2021 / APO Group / –

Parliament has granted permission to Budiope East MP Hon. Moses Magogo to introduce a private partners bill entitled, the National Sports Bill, which will regulate the operation and administration of national sports associations, federations and community sports clubs .

The bill, when introduced, seeks to dissolve the National Sports Council and reconstitute a new body to be known as the Uganda Sports Commission.

Introducing the motion on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, Magogo said that the lack of a single law regulating the incorporation and operation of national sports associations and sports clubs has led to governance and administration challenges.

They include, among others, the lack of legal personality, as well as multiple legal regulatory and reporting regimes.

“It is necessary to enact legislation that expedites the constitution, registration, management and recognition of sports associations and sports clubs as well as national sports associations to achieve the objectives of its creation,” said Magogo.

The bill, when presented, will also propose the creation of a Sports Fund in order to provide a predictable and sustainable means of financing national sports in the country, as well as the creation of a court to resolve sports disputes.

The bill will also recommend prohibitions of vices in sports administration such as doping, manipulation of sports results, unauthorized use of sports results in betting, as well as the abuse of commercial rights of national sports associations and federations. .

“In Uganda, the sport subsector was previously regulated by a law enacted in 1964 as the National Sports Council Act, Chapter 48. Since then, this law has become outdated, it cannot regulate modern play, and many Commonwealth countries that they had. Since then, a similar sports law has enacted new laws, “Magogo told the House.

“The National Sports Bill has been drafted in accordance with the rules and will be presented to Parliament as an action to repeal the National Sports Council Act of 1964. It will allow Uganda to take advantage of the opportunities available in local and international sports.” , said. additional.

Hon. Sarah Opendi (NRM, Tororo) seconded the motion saying that sports can support young people, who are the majority in Uganda, with employment, as well as support the national health goal of improving lifestyle and well-being. .

He added that the 1964 legal regime on sports in Uganda is out of touch with current trends.

“The new bill will open new avenues for financing different sports activities. Other countries impose a tax on different elements that can be used to finance sports. We cannot wait for a sports policy that will not come, so I propose that let’s go ahead with the bill, “said Opendi.

South Deputy of Bukomansimbi, Hon. Geoffrey Kayemba Ssolo, supporting the motion, said that the introduction of a Court of Arbitration for sports under the new bill will improve sportsmanship and curb unnecessary court appeals.

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