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Woodball Clinic and Competitive Event at the 5th All Africa University Games Post date: 2008-09-16
.Date : 6-17 July 2008
.Host : All Africa University Games Organizing Committee
.Venue :
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Events Details :
The Federation of African University Sports (FASU) is a bi-annual sports Championship organized by the FASU Executive Committee, involving University Students on the African Continent. The National University Sports Federations (NUSFs) of the different countries in Africa select the best sports talents in their member Universities and form National University Teams for each sp ort, which then participate in the Games.

The week’s competitions at Makerere University involve games like Karate, Netball, Judo , Table Tennis , Tennis , Volleyball, Squash, Athletics , Chess , Swimming, Basketball, Rugby, Football , Handball, Badminton, and Woodball.
 
24 countries including Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Central Africa, DRC, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda, the host have so far confirmed participation.
 
The following is a report from Namayo MAWERERE, Public Relation of Uganda Woodball Federation, on the Woodball Clinic and the Competitive Event.
 
UGANDA WINS INAUGURAL AFRICA VARSITY WOODBALL CHAMPS,
IWBF PRESIDENT VISITS AFRICA

[By Namayo Mawerere in
Kampala
]
Uganda
won the inaugural All Africa University Games
Woodball Championships hosted July 2008 at
Makerere
University
, Kampala .

The historical event concided with the official visit
of the International Woodball Federation President,
Ming-Hui Weng and a strong delegation from the IWBF
which conducted a clinic to introduce woodball
techniques, skills, rules and regulations to the
participating African universities in Kampala.

Uganda
dominated the woodball tournament winning a
gold medal while
Kenya
took home silver medal at the
two-day 36-gates competition that attracted five
country teams namely,
Senegal , Rwanda , Burundi
and
Ghana
. A bronze medal was not awarded because the
remaining teams did not complete the gates owing to
tight air flight schedule to retun home.

In the singles event however, Ugandans Rose Namudope
emerged best women singles player with 189 strokes
after completing the 36-gates followed by teamates,
Betty Namazzi 200 and Sophie Namuddu 209.

Isaac Musika of Uganda was tops in the men's singles
amassing 166 strokes to grab gold, teammates Absolom
Rwaganika a silver with 184 while bronze went to
Onesmus Atamba with 185.

The best Kenyan finishers were Sammy Oyoo who shot 244
to finish in 12 position overall in the men's singles
and Gitau Mburu running closely in 13th place with
245.

Uganda
was again on rampage scooping the mixed doubles
that saw Richard Asiimwe pairing with Rose Namudope to
win gold with 374, Atamba Onesmus combining with
Sophie Namudu to take silver with 394 and bronze to
Isaac Musika with Connie Nankya for 396.

Tracy Nakandi, a student from
Makerere Highway College

was voted youngest player of the tournament.

PRESIDENT'S VISION FOR OLYMPICS

While in
Kampala
, President Ming-Hui Weng addessed a
press conference that attracted 10 media houses that
included four national radio and television stations.

He told the press of the bright future lying ahead of
the sport which was spreading all over the world like
a wild fire.

"I have a vision of seeing woodball played at the
Olympics before my retirement," Ming-Hui Weng told the
press.

Woodball was introduced in
Africa and in Uganda
in
particular by Uganda Woodball Federation President,
Paul Mark kayongo and his Vice Penina Kabenge in 2006.

The sport has since then spread to universities,
primary and secondary schools in
Uganda
and beyond its
borders culminating into the launching of the Kenya
Woodball Federation at a ceremony held on
July 15,
2008
in Kampala , Uganda
.

KAYONGO NEW UGANDA WOODBALL BOSS

The Uganda Woodball Federation has elected Paul Mark
Kayongo new interim boss of the Uganda Woodball
Federation.

The National University Sports Federation of Uganda
Treasurer was elected unopposed to head the budding
federation during its launch by the President of the
International Woodball Federation (IWBF), Ming-Hui
Weng in
Kampala
.

The IWBF boss also inaugurated the Kenyan Woodball
Association at the same occasion.

Kayongo on assuming office, released a five-point
action development programme aimed at developing and
promotion of woodball in the country.

He pledged to spread woodball the sport-for-all, at
the grassroot, improve on the locally made equipment
with the assistance of the IWBF and Chinese embassy in
Uganda
to make it affordable to average Ugandans.

Kayongo said his main immediate task would be to draft
a constitution that will usher in elected office
bearers and tirelessly work towards the sport
attaining national recognition by the National Council
of Sports (NCS).

Kayongo who doubles as Sports Tutor of Ndejje
University replaced Penina Kabenge who took up the
Vice President's seat. John Ouma was elected second
Vice president, Secretary general - Godwin Senyondo,
Assistant Secretary Florence Nakamya, Treasurer -
Godfrey Masaba, Public Relations Officer- Namayo
Mawerere. Other members on the executive include
George Isabirye and Adam Sematiko.

Woodball is currently played in 40 countries but
Uganda is the pioneer in Africa
having been introduced
in the country in 2006 by Paul Mark Kayongo and Penina
Kabenge.

Namayo Mawerere
PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
UGANDA WOODBALL FEDERATION