The Coronavirus pandemic has had adverse effects globally leading to a number of measures being taken by different governments to mitigate the escalation.
In Uganda, the measures among others included the suspension of sports activities hence affecting the sport of Rugby along with the many players involved.
The Uganda Rugby Union has come out to rekindle arrangements by supporting the most valuable players across all the active clubs in the country as per the current season.
The Rugby Union will give this category of players basic food stuffs to support them during the this trying period of lockdown.
The food relief items that were on Friday officially handed over to different clubs representatives at Velocity Bar and Grill in Kyanja, a Kampala suburb.
The Uganda Rugby Union president, Godwin Kayangwe encouraged the players to remain in shape during this period due to the foreseeable busy and compact post Lockdown season.
“The supper will be given to the players through their clubs. So it will be the respective clubs to distribute the kitty as per the varying needs of the players. We would like to thank the clubs for their continued cooperation with the stipulated guidelines as per the government of Uganda,” said Kayangwe.
“I urge the players to stay feet as we maybe overwhelmed by a lot of competitions when this lockdown is lifted globally. As you may know, Olympics 2020 was postponed to next year 7’s team is one of the approximately 40 pending qualifiers that was affected by this pandemic. Our National 7’s team management is working out something to keep the players fit, focused and ready for the Qualifiers whenever they are communicated,” he added.
To the rest of the players and the Rugby fraternity, the president echoed the global call to ‘keep home and stay safe’ till further communication from the ministry of health and relevant authorities.
A total of Ten clubs featuring in the Nile Special Stout Rugby Premier League, four clubs in the Men’s regional competitions and three Women’s regional championships will benefit from this program.
Before the suspension of all sports disciplines globally, the Uganda Rugby Sevens National team was preparing for the Olympic Repechage Qualifier tournament which was slated for June this year in Paris, France.
With this gesture, the Rugby Union joins a bandwagon of sports Federations and Associations that have aided their players worst hit and affected by the novel covid19.
Earlier this week, the Uganda Boxing Federation took the initiative to extend food relief to the National team Boxers (Bombers), following the examples by the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) and the Uganda Cricket Associations (UCA).