Badminton Ace Adds Voice To ‘Biased’ Sports Fund Allocation To National Associations

The noise about football, and Fufa in particular, earning a lion’s share of the National sports funding is getting louder, and louder.

Ugandan badminton ace Edwin Ekiring has also added his voice to the cries by questioning why the government is giving priority to only one sport as the rest hang in balance.

Recently, the government promised to awarded Uganda Cranes US$ 1 million for reaching the round of 16 at the just-concluded Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Ekiring, a former Africa number one in badminton, has criticized the move while claiming that the government has never fulfilled its promise of awarding him for winning silverware.

“I see double standards in sports in Uganda,” the 35-year-old complained. “I performed better than any other Ugandan athlete in these last years. But I have not received anything from Ugandan Government while they promised to all Medal winners and now Uganda football team Received US$1 million from Ugandan Government for their second-round Performance in Africa cup nation.

He further stung: “To me, I see it as double standard to other athletes Whose Performance was much better than that of the Ugandan football team on Continental level. Don’t get me wrong Ugandan Football team did perform well in Africa cup nation but they did not win the Nation cup.

“What about Other Ugandan Athletes who performed much better than football team but they have never received anything from The Ugandan Government even though the Government Promised us?” he questioned.

On top of winning silver and two bronze medals at the All Africa games in 2011 (Maputo, Mozambique), 2007 (Algiers, Algeria) and 2015 (Congo Brazzaville) and bronze in the African Championships in 2011
(Marrakech, Morocco), he has won 20 medals in international tours around the globe.


He adds his voice to Boxing Federation president Moses Muhangi and She Cranes.



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