By Albert Tibweba
ENTEBBE. The Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has praised the young sports personalities who will represent Uganda at the Africa Motocross Championship 2019 in Zimbabwe.
The team of Ugandan riders that boasts of the fastest junior rider will be led by their captain, Maxime Van Pee.
Gen Kainerugaba who was was flagging off the young riders at Entebbe Botanical Beach Hotel described them as courageous and patriotic, something he said was pleasant given the tender age of the riders. He also thanked their parents for supporting their children to participate in a venture considered to be a high-risk sport.
"Thank you for loving Uganda, thank you for representing Uganda at a young age, when I see you dressed in the Ugandan flag, I feel very happy. I know that young people like you are the future of our country," Gen Kainerugaba said.
The General urged the youngsters to continue working hard, explaining that, the more active one is, the more successful they become in every aspect of life.
"It takes a lot of courage to do what you are doing, so, you are definitely very courageous, very energetic young boys and girls," Gen Kainerugaba observed, adding, "It says a lot about your character, it means that going forward, you will be able to achieve a lot of things."
Gen Kainerugaba told the organizers and the participants that he had been sent by Gen Salim Saleh to flag off the riders. Gen Saleh contributed Shs20m to support the activities of the riders. The cash was received by Mr. Barak Orland, the Federation of Motorsport Clubs of Uganda (FMU) Deputy Vice President Motorcycling.
Thirty-seven riders will represent Uganda at the upcoming Africa Motocross Championship due on 31st August to 1st September in Zimbabwe.
The team will leave for Zimbabwe tomorrow-Wednesday, 28th August.
Uganda heads into this year’s contest with a focus on improving last year’s performance that saw the team finish fourth position overall.
The FMU president Mr. Dusman Okee urged the riders to make Uganda proud, adding that having been flagged off by a result-oriented Gen Kainerugaba, they should do their best in ZImbabwe.
Mr. Okee also thanked Gen Kainerugaba for support sports in Uganda and more particularly, FMU.