German sports development expert Gunter Lange has urged sports federations in Uganda to develop more organised structures and accused some officials of not doing enough to create a future for sport in the country.
Lange was speaking at a three-day sports development workshop organised by the Uganda Olympic Committee at its head offices in Lugogo.
Representatives from 16 National Sports Federations in Uganda were in attendance at the workshop, which is focussing on a wide range of areas in sports development including coaching, sports competitions, facilities and equipment, medical and scientific support, officiating, sports culture, facilitating, athlete service and administration.
Lange appealed to the various sports federations to put in place better structures, set visions, and work within guidelines with the assistance of the Olympic Solidarity Programme.
"There is a lot to be done by the sports federations which is undone," Lange told officials.
"Officials sit back in their office coffers and only wake up at the last minute prior to communications.
"Uganda is blessed by undoubted natural talents with the best weather.
"Financial resources are provided for by the Olympic Solidarity Programme but many sports federations are unaware of how to apply and secure such funds."
Lange spent four years working for the Government in Uganda from 2009 to 2013 developing youth sports programmes that included a programme covering 32 primary and secondary schools.
He called on officials to ensure the continued rolling out of this programme to help develop the talents of the young athletes.
"Germany for instance started with the youth programme 20 years back, and to-date, they are reaping [the rewards] with various sporting success," added Lange.
Uganda has sent six athletes to compete at the Summer Youth Olympic Games currently taking place in Nanjing.
Steven Mande, Geoffrey Balimumiti and Janat Chemusto will compete in athletics along with badminton player Daniel Mihigo, rower Constance Mbambuand and table tennis competitor Florence Seera.
At this year's Commonwealth Games, the country won five medals, including gold for Moses Kipsiro in the men's 10,000 metres.
At London 2012 Stephen Kiprotich won the marathon, the country's first Olympic gold medal since John Akii-Bua claimed the 400m hurdles at Munich in 1972.
They are the only two athletes from Uganda ever to win Olympic gold medals.
Overall, the country has won a total of seven Olympic medals, three silver and two bronze.
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