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Uganda gets Olympians grant to retell the Akii Bua story

THE GREATEST: John Akii Bua won gold and broke world record at the Munich Olympics 1972. Only Stephen Kiprotich has matched this, with his gold in 2012. PHOTO COURTESY OF IOC MEDIA

🔴 The awardees for this year’s WOA Grants
🇲🇱 Mali
🇵🇦 Panama
🇭🇰 Hong Kong
🇫🇷 France
🇵🇬 Papua New Guinea
🇺🇬 Uganda
🇨🇴 Colombia
🇱🇰 Sri Lanka
🇵🇹 Portugal
🇮🇹 Italy

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Uganda Olympics Committee has got a grant that will enable it to tell the story of the country’s sports heroes, from John Akii Bua and ‘The Beast’ Mugabi, to Stephen Kiprotich, through television and a book.

The project dubbed ‘Uganda’s Against All Odds: Uganda’s Olympic Legends’ will raise awareness of Olympians’ achievements with a documentary, TV miniseries and book on Uganda’s Olympians and the struggles they endured to train, participate and, for some, win medals at the Olympic Games.

Uganda first competed at the Olympic Games in 1956, and has sent athletes to compete in every Summer Olympic Games  except the boycotted 1976 Summer Olympics. Ugandans have won seven medals, all in athletics and boxing.

The World Olympians Association (WOA) today announced 10 award winners of this year’s WOA Service to Olympians and Service to Society Grants. These are 10 projects across all five continents that will change the lives of communities around the world after being awarded

Upskilling Olympians to run small businesses in Sri Lanka, integrating child refugees in Mali, preventing obesity in Papua New Guinea and promoting social cohesion in France are just some of the inspirational projects awarded $5,000 each.

HISTORIC: Kiprotich running to the finish line of the London 2012 marathon. PHOTO COURTESY OF IOC MEDIA

Following a record-level of applicants, the Olympian-led projects, which have been developed in partnership with their National Olympic Associations (NOAs), were selected by WOA’s Grants panel led by President Joël Bouzou and will be brought to life in the coming months.

“Awarding NOAs and supporting Olympian-led projects with our WOA Service to Olympians and Service to Society Grants is a highlight of our year and, as the world continues to endure the ongoing impacts of the pandemic, these initiatives are even more significant,” said World Olympians Association President and Chair of the Grants Panel Bouzou.

“Each year, we see first-hand the direct, positive impact Olympians are able to make in their communities and for their fellow Olympians with this funding. We are very pleased to be able to help Olympians and NOAs across the world bring these inspirational projects to life.”

The Service to Olympians Grants help NOAs launch projects that support Olympians off the field of play while the Service to Society Grants empower Olympians to create positive change in their communities through sport.

📌 The 2021 Service to Society Grant awardees:

➡ Mali’s Support for refugee children through sport will use sport to facilitate the integration of child refugees into society in the refugee camps of Niamana and Faladjie in Bamako with the creation of sports activity centres.

➡ Panama’s Sport as a tool for social change will use face-to-face classes with Olympians and elite athletes to inspire physical activity, promote sustainability and teach new skills to vulnerable children in Panama’s SOS Children’s Villages.

➡ Hong Kong’s Series of short Olympism Education Videos will inspire school children and bring the values of the Olympic Movement to life with a series of engaging videos designed to be adopted as part of the school curriculum.

➡ France’s For sport without violence project will promote the fight against violence in sport in all forms and use the Olympic values to demonstrate how sport can be an indisputable factor of social cohesion.

➡ Papua New Guinea’s Obesity Prevention initiative aims to lead a society shift towards healthy eating, active lifestyles, good nutrition and regular physical activity to prevent obesity.

📌 The 2021 Service to Olympians Grant awardees:

➡ Uganda’s Against All Odds: Uganda’s Olympic Legends will raise awareness of Olympians’ achievements with a documentary, TV miniseries and book on Uganda’s Olympians and the struggles they endured to train, participate and, for some, win medals at the Olympic Games.

➡ Colombia’s Olympic Warriors will organise an event incorporating sports, academic and cultural activities led by Colombian Olympians who will share their skills and knowledge to children, youths and adults.

➡ Sri Lanka’s Livelihood enhancement of yester year needy Olympians will enhance the livelihood of Olympians and offer educational opportunities in modern agricultural methods resulting in sustainable incomes and increased capabilities.

➡ Portugal’s Unleash the Olympic Potential GALA will increase the organisational structure of the Portuguese NOA, creating a detailed database of Olympians and supporting greater cohesion to deliver its social purpose of helping those in need.

➡ Italy’s Passion and Victory will provide educational support and services to Olympians towards the end of their career to support them as they enter their new life and look to develop professionally.


UGANDA history at the Olympics


Games Gold Silver Bronze Total
 1956 Melbourne 0 0 0 0
 1960 Rome 0 0 0 0
 1964 Tokyo 0 0 0 0
 1968 Mexico City 0 1 1 2
 1972 Munich 1 1 0 2
 1980 Moscow 0 1 0 1
 1984 Los Angeles 0 0 0 0
 1988 Seoul 0 0 0 0
 1992 Barcelona 0 0 0 0
 1996 Atlanta 0 0 1 1
 2000 Sydney 0 0 0 0
 2004 Athens 0 0 0 0
 2008 Beijing 0 0 0 0
 2012 London 1 0 0 1
 2016 Rio de Janeiro 0 0 0 0
Totals (15 games) 2 3 2 7


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