A contingent of 170 has been sent to Burundi for the 1st edition of East Africa Community Games in Burundi.
These games will be hosted by the Republic of Burundi from 16th to 30th August 2018 in the city of Bujumbura, and in the towns of Ngozi and Gitega, under the theme Fostering EAC Integration and Peace through Sports.
The Games will take the form of all East Africa Games and will include multiple sports disciplines including: Athletics, Football, Netball, Volleyball, Lawn Tennis, Rugby 7s, Karate and Boxing to be competed among the four states – Burundi, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
However, of the above eight disciplines, Uganda will not take part in Karate.
John Bosco Onyik, the National Council of Sports (NCS) Chairman who flagged off the team on Wednesday morning at NCS offices at Lugogo, called upon the participants to raise the Uganda flag high.
“This is the first of its kind, so everything you do will be on record, everything you do will be on history, and I want u to be part of that history,” noted Onyik.
He added: “As government, we are supporting these games single-handedly, so everything you do, do it for the love of your country.”
The travelling contingent is made of 170 individuals in total, with 118 players (64 men, 54 women). Bernard Ogwel the NCS’ general secretary will head the delegation.
The team is travelling on land, with four buses.
Athletics – (4 females, 6 males, 3 officials)
Lawn Tennis – (2 females, 4 males, 3 officials)
Volleyball – (12 females, 12 males, 6 officials)
Rugby 7s – (12 males, 4 officials)
Netball – (12 females, 4 officials)
Boxing – (6 females, 12 males, 6 officials)
Football – (18 females, 18 males, 12 officials)