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FISA donates rowing machine to Uganda Para-rowing Federation

Man on rowing machine Uganda National Paralympic Committee President tries out rowing machine. Image credit: Uganda National Paralympic Committee

The Uganda National Paralympic Committee reported today that Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Aviron (FISA) donated a rowing machine to the Uganda Para-rowing Federation.



The equipment was delivered by the Uganda Rowing Federation (URF) President Hamuza Kahwa to the Uganda National Paralympic Committee President Mpindi Bumali at the offices of the Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) in Kampala last Tuesday. The equipment was delivered on the same day that UOC and URF received other equipment from FISA to help prepare Uganda rowers for the 2016 Summer Olympics.


Uganda has never had a rowing competitor represent them at the Paralympic Games.  In London, the country was represented by two athletes, David Emong and Christine Akullo, who competed in track and field. In Beijing, Uganda has only one representative, powerlifter Billy Ssengendo. In Athens, Uganda had two track and field representatives. At the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, Uganda had only one representative, swimmer Prossy Tusabe. Uganda only had one representative at the Atlanta Games, powerlifter Richard Bogere. Prior to that, Uganada’s only other appearances were in 1976 when O. Obadiya represented the country in athletics. They had two track and field competitors at the 1972 Summer Paralympics. Uganda’s Tofiri Kibuuka is the country’s only Winter Paralympian, competing in the 1976 and 1980 Winter Paralympics.


On the Olympic side, Uganda did not have anyone competing in rowing at the London Games. They have never had a rower compete at the Olympic Games.


Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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