Denis Hamson Obua says the Athletes should use their savings for survival. After locking all activities due to coronavirus pandemic in the country, the government of Uganda urged its people to use their savings for survival.
This has been the same case with athletes as the government has come out and told them to use their own money to support themselves.
The government through State Minister for Sports Denis Hamson Obua has told athletes that all resources available have been used to fight Coronavirus.
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“Athletes should now use their savings to support themselves since at the moment all the money has been channeled to fight the coronavirus,” Obua said before adding.
“So I cannot promise them anything, since if the government was to do that even other sectors would ask for support to bail them out,” he added.
It should be noted that many Ugandans have come out to ask the government to support them financially as they are no longer working during this lockdown.
In this case, many athletes are no longer paid by their respective clubs as most of them are paid through funds generated from gate collections.
SC Villa and Onduparaka FC players in the Uganda Premier League are the most affected ones as they have taken several months without being paid.
Unlike Uganda, in Kenya the government through Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed promised to support all athletes financially during this trying moment.
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