By Nick Butler

The Uganda National Committee is calling for more Government support ©UOCUganda Olympic Committee (UOC) President William Blick has called on more Government funding in order to continue the African country's upward curve in global sport. 

This comes after some strong Ugandan performances at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July and August, with a 62-strong squad scooping five medals, their highest total in 40 years, including a thrilling 10,000 metres victory for defending champion Moses Kipsiro. 

But speaking during the closure of the Uganda Olympic Schools Programme workshop at Imperial Royale Hotel, Blick claimed Uganda can reap heavily from sports if more financial backing is provided by the Government.

"The UGX1 billion (£237,000/$383,000/€297,000) allocated to sports is too little," he said.

"In a country like South Africa such an amount of money is allocated to just one Federation."

The official then spoke directly to former German ambassador to Uganda Klaus Holderbaum, who was presiding over the workshop and is also now a adviser to President Yoweri Museveni.

"Since you are an adviser to the President kindly tell him that the Government is not investing enough in sports," he said.

Ugandan athletes managed some strong performances at Glasgow 2014, including a historic 10,000m victory for Moses Kipsiro ©Getty ImagesUgandan athletes managed some strong performances at Glasgow 2014, including a historic 10,000m victory for Moses Kipsiro ©Getty Images

The two-day workshop, which brought together primary and secondary school teachers from different parts of the country, is one good way in which to facilitate improvement at a grassroots level.

The teachers, who oversee sports at their respective schools, were trained in how to develop potential Olympians from a young age, with the programme including how to educate youngsters in the Olympic values. 

"It's important to teach young sportsmen that sports is not all about winning," said Gabriel Oloka, the head of Culture and Olympic Education Commission at the UOC.

"Participation alone is good enough.

"We must emphasise fair play and sensitise young athletes about the dangers of doping."

A similar workshop was held in Tororo last week and more will be conducted at various schools later this month.

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