Despite all his flaws, many who lived during Idi Amin’s times speak highly about his love for the sport. Former decathlete, Peter Okot Omony, was among the stars of the ’70s.
In his soft voice, Mzei Okot told us how he started competing in 1965 in the then Bunyoro district, and from then, his love for the sport only grew stronger.
Paul Vault, Javelin, and shot- put are among the disciplines that made him a national star, but before this, he was an impeccable rugby player, he says.
Okot’s talent was never doubted. His exploits in the 1973 East African championships made him a household name.
Back then, life was hard for everyone because of the dictatorship from Idi Amin, he admits, but he said that the self-proclaimed field martial loved sportsmen.
As someone who has lived through many generations of sport in Uganda, the former national team coach says that unlike today when most athletes are driven by money, back then, it was the passion that pushed them to make Uganda a continental powerhouse in the sport.
He, however, advises sportsmen never to ditch their education.