By Silvano Kibuuka
Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) will on December 15, 2021, recognise journalists that have excelled in the promotion of sports in the country.
The awards in memory of their fallen colleagues will be in different categories including photography, Filming, Features, Digital and radio presenters.
Meanwhile, national runner Jacob Kiplimo has been voted Nile Special-USPA Sportsman for November 2021 for winning the Lisbon Half Marathon where he also broke the world record on November 21st.
The meeting at the Imperial Royale Hotel also doubled as the annual general assembly for the 50year-old journalists association.
Kiplimo polled 340 points to beat the She Cranes team, the pair of rally driver Yassin Nasser / Ali Katumba and the national woodball team at 215, 210 and 170 points respectively.
The 19year-old broke Lisbon Half Marathon in 57:31 minutes a second.
At the same assembly, the journalists voted the U-19 Cricket team the best for the month of October.
The under 19 cricket team qualified for the world cup at a tournament in Rwanda and beat gofer Irene Nakalembe who won the Tanzanian Open at 230 points.
The U-12 national lawn tennis team was also in the contest and finished third at 175 points beating another golfer Deo Akope who got 155 points after winning the annual Nyali Open in Kenya.
Commended for good performance for the two months include golfer Irene Nakalembe for winning the Uganda Ladies Open and the Nigeria Open, golfer Joseph Chinyayi for winning the Uganda Open, rally driver Duncan Mubiru for winning the Ugandan NRC for the first time, the Cricket Cranes T-20 team and Betway Kobs for winning the national sevens circuit.
USPA president Patrick Kanyomozi commended the winners and said they will be awarded on December 15th at a function when also the winners of the USPA Media Excellence Awards shall be crowned.
“We need those documents properly written and circulated to members within one month even when not audited in the case of the financial report,” noted former USPA president Sabiiti Muwanga.
The treasurer, Lubulwa decried low income into the association account especially after members failing to pay the annual subscription fees, a reason he gave for not producing the audited financial report.
The members also deliberated on improving the media excellence awards and also called on many more organizations to emulate Real Stars to award sportsmen who excel in the different disciplines.
“Sportsmen need to be awarded all the time. As sportspeople, we should not have a negative attitude to such organizations because they are not competitors,” noted member Dhakaba Kigongo.
USPA president Kanyomozi called on members to have a self-esteem spirit to boost the association affairs as he pointed out that there are some members and non-member journalists who claim to have USPA contribute to their transport expenses to attend events.
He said this will not and is not about to happen because of the fundamentals of the association.