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Shock As Uganda Baseball President Kneels Before Sports Minister

Shock As Uganda Baseball President Kneels Before Sports Minister

Delegates at a recent conference and social media have been left in disbelief after the Uganda Baseball and Softball Association President went on his knees to beg Peter Ogwang, the State Minister for Sports.

He was begging the government to at least buy for them plain tickets to go for the Baseball World Cup in Japan.

Apparently, the team qualified for the baseball World Cup in Japan. However, they do not have air tickets to fly to the Asian country.

The team is meant to travel today(16th/10/2023) for the tournament but they haven’t yet gotten the tickets.

Mr Felix Okuye saw it better to go on his knees in front of the state minister for sports, Hon Peter Ogwang. And plead with him to help the team secure the tickets to the tournament.

Ogwang however through social media said that there was nothing he could do about this situation although he sympathized with Okuye.

The Minister told the Baseball President about the ministry’s financial shortfalls. Kneeling, therefore, wasn’t going to help in any way whatsoever.

According to the Minister, every federation has a budget. Besides, the Ministry of finance has just released the funds for the second quarter. Every federation is a beneficiary of these funds. Therefore, they can only spend within their budget.

“I was totally empathetic with the President of Uganda Baseball Association. I shared with him the current financial difficulties in the country. Unfortunately, kneeling before me wouldn’t change the current state of affairs. Every Federation has a budget. Ministry of Finance has just released funds for the 2nd Quarter to which every federation is a beneficiary (notwithstanding the inadequacies). So we can only spend within the available budgets.”

Additionally, Minister Ogwang said that he told the Baseball President how the government is operating on a fixed budget. This has shortfalls that can not fund any other activity outside the work plans of the federations.

Therefore, there is no other quick avenue to get finances to support this activity in Japan.

In conclusion, Ogwang appealed to the federations to support the ministry’s quest for an enhanced budget. This will help to finance such activities in the future.

For now, they will have to rely on hopes of well-wishers from the private sector to help the team.

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