The Uganda Armed Forces will participate in the 14th Inter-forces Games and Championships hosted by the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) from 15 – 24 Sep 2018, at the Land Forces HQs (LF HQs) in Bombo, Kigo Range Shooting Grounds and Nelson Mandela National Stadium (Namboole).
The UPDF, Uganda Police Forces (UPF), Uganda Prisons Service (UPS) and Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) are participating and competing in 08 (Eight) Sports Disciplines with over 800 (eight hundred) Athletes as follows: Football (Men); Netball (Women); Volleyball (Men); Handball (Men & Women); Darts (Men & Women); Taekwondo (Men & Women); Athletics (Men & Women); and Range Shooting (Men& Women).
This 14th annual Event will run under the theme “Inter-forces Games and Championship for Enhancing Joint Operations for sustainable National Security and Socio-economic Development”
The opening ceremony will be held on Sunday 16th September 2018 at Land Forces headquarters Bombo, according to Gen David Muhoozi, the Chief of Defence Forces.
This starts with a Route Match from Bombo Barracks Parade Square through the quarter guard and onto mile 21 then to Total fuel station along Kampala-Gulu highway and back to mile 20, then proceed to Bombo town before coming back to Garrison sports playground led by the Brass Bands from UPDF, UPS & UPF.
Muhoozi said the objective of these games is to continuously, deliberately and consciously enhance Joint Operations for sustainable national Security and Socio-economic Development and Transformation which the Forces have already done and accomplished individually and jointly, in the pursuit of their respective mandates and also in furtherance of national Security and the Country’s Socio-economic Development and Transformation.
“It is also important to maintain cordial relations between the Armed Forces and the Civilians and amongst the Armed Forces themselves. This event aims at promoting and enhancing that important aspect as well.”
The games will also help in promoting; Physical Fitness of the Armed Forces; Sports and Service professionalism; General and Sports Entertainment to the civilians and members of the Armed Forces; Inspiration to the Youth, Development and consolidation of the sports Talents within the Armed Forces and the Country, Command, Control, Administration, Discipline, Cohesion, Espirit de Corps, mutual respect and Co-operation within the Armed Forces.
The sum total of these activities is to enhance and consolidate national Security and socio-economic Development and Transformation.
“The Armed Forces are called upon to harmoniously compete and excel in sports, while at the same time remaining conscious of the need to be productive in order to contribute to the security, stability and prosperity of Uganda.”
He added: “A lot of preparations have gone into this event. I therefore extend mine and the entire Armed Forces fraternity’s appreciation towards all the organizers as well as those from the corporate world that lent a helping hand towards the holding of this event.”