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.