The Uganda Police Force has been crowned winner of the 16th edition of the inter-forces games and championships 2022 that ended on Thursday at Queen Elizabeth National Park in Kasese District.
The competition returned this year having temporarily been suspended due to the COVID- 19 pandemic and attracted teams from Police, Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces-UPDF, Uganda Prisons Service-UPS and Uganda Wildlife Authority -UWA.
The teams participated in seven disciplines which include Shooting/range, Darts, Handball, Netball, Volleyball, Football and athletics. From the games, Police collected 13 medals, followed by Uganda Prisons, with 11 medals, UPDF with nine and Uganda Wildlife Authority with six medals.
Joseph Sentume, the captain of the Police Football Club attributed their victory to teamwork by the players and the technical bench.
Jimmy Mugisa, the Director of Finance and Administration at UWA said that the games must be a platform for the forces’ cooperation. He, for example, noted that with increased cases of wildlife trafficking, there is a need for collaborative engagements with other forces to tackle this great challenge.
Mugisa added that the inter-forces games and championships have now become an integral sporting event in the forces sporting calendar.
Lt. Joe Walusimbi, the Kasese District RDC, reminded the members of the force to utilize these talents to enrich their lives and plan for their retirement. Walusimbi said it’s unfortunate that even after being exposed to wide opportunities within the forces, many serving offers have not taken advantage of them to boost their finances.
The Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja said that such events should be used as avenues for professional development of sportsmen, promotion of healthy living, teamwork and staff discipline. He also observed a need to fund sporting activities within the forces.