By the time sports activities were halted in the country as a measure to curb the spread of COVID-19, most sports federations were not done with their seasons. While some like the football federation decided to end the season in the boardroom a few months into the lockdown, others like the Uganda Rugby Union continue hoping that they can still end their season on the pitch.
While handing over personal protective equipment like sanitizer, face masks, infrared thermometers, hand washing facilities, and others to the various club and facility representatives this morning, Uganda Rugby Union President Godwin Kayangwe stressed that they still believe they can complete the season if the government blesses the return of sport.
“We are waiting for the president to endorse SOPs. As a union, we thought it’s important to support the clubs in preparation when we have a green light to start again,” Kayangwe Said.
The equipment that is meant to help clubs prepare and secure their players and facilities should sport resume, was bought off the 5000 euros that were extended to the Uganda Rugby Union by the continent’s governing body Rugby Afrique.
Over 1000 players, 25 facilities, and referees countrywide are expected to benefit from this relief package. Heathens’ lock Micheal Otto and some of the officials who were present to receive the equipment say they are more ready to return to action under the issued guidelines.
“I appreciate the little they have put in place ahead of the resumption of sports. As Hima Cement Heathens, we are still anticipating that we may return, but we do not see it coming soon. As a suggestion, they should declare the tabletop champions,” Otto said.
By the time the head of state declared the lockdown, five rounds of rugby were left to complete the National Rugby Premier League with Heathens topping the pile with 63 points, five points clear of second-placed Kobs, while the Black Pirates were third with 38 points.
Rhinos were rock-bottom on the ten-team log with 6 points, Makerere Impis ninth on 11 points, while Mulago Rams were 8th with 13 points.
By Ahab Bwesigye.