Mbabazi Flags Off Cranes Lacrosse Team

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Mbabazi noted that sports also had immense potential to resolve conflicts and create cohesiveness in society by promoting unity within a nation. He was flagging off the Uganda Cranes Lacrosse team at Lugogo Indoor Stadium on Saturday.

Uganda, on her debut, is the only African country that will participate in the 15-day World Lacrosse Championships scheduled to roll off in Denver, Colorado, USA later this month. The team is representing the whole of Africa as well.

“It is possible that sports, through the International Olympic Committee and the International Sports Federations, could succeed where United Nations has failed to promote world peace,” Mbabazi noted.

He explained that when sports talents are discovered and developed to the highest levels, they can bridge the gap in countries affected by tribalism, ethnicity and all sorts of segregation.


“Variety is the spice of life, so the more we broaden the spectrum of sports the more talents we shall be able to harness from our youth,” Mbabazi said, adding that sports had now become a source of livelihood.

Kevin Dugan, the founding of Fields of Growth, an American charity organization that has been supporting the Ugandan team for the last five years, described Lacrosse as a dream come true for the Ugandan youth.

“Uganda is about to make history as the first country in the whole of Africa to participate in the world championships,” Dugan said. He promised more brand-new equipment when the team arrives for the championships in the US.

Uganda, with Andrew Boston as the national team’s head coach, is the only African state that has fully satisfied all the requirements to participate in the World championships which have attracted 38 countries.

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