Uganda has started on the move to spread Para-Badminton in the country being one of the African countries at the mantle of promoting the game in the region.

After 15 local coaches graduated from a one week course by Coach Richard Morris from UK early this month, work has started on the ground in what CEO for Uganda Badminton Association, Simon Mugabi sights at a move to build a candid team Uganda to participate in the World Championships slated for August this year.

After organizing the first team in Kampala city, UBA has spread the game to the military. Focus has been put at the Mubende Rehabilitation Center that houses the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces officers and men with disability as a result of war casualty.

Coach Simon Mugabi showing a correct service.

Para Badminton is the newest sport to be introduced at the center that already had sitting volleyball, amputee soccer, wheel chair basketball, goal ball and athletics all under the umbrella of the Uganda Paralympics Committee. Mugabi who also sits at the development committee for Africa took the initiative to deliver two nets, eight bats and three tins of shuttle cocks to Mubende Rehabilitation Center located 140 km away from Kampala the capital city of Uganda.

Handing Over
Simon Mugabi handing over rackets and shuttle cocks to Colonel Michael Kibuye

The initiative was also prompted by the chief of defense forces for the Ugandan army, General Katumba Wamala, who also plays badminton for leisure but frequently. “We are happy to have a new sport added to our force. It’s also good a Coach has been dedicated to our branch. We assure you we will build a strong team that can compete internationally,” noted chief of Mubende Rehabilitation Center, Colonel Michael Kibuye. Mugabi also pointed out that a national Para Badminton championship will be held to select the national team for the World Championship.

By Silvano Kibuuka