Hon. Mary Busingye Karooro Okurut the chief guest represented the first lady and minister of education and sports, Janet Kataha Museveni during the colorful launch of the 2nd Beach Woodball World Cup at Spennah Beach Entebbe.
The event was also attended by ambassadors, H.E. Zheng Zhu Qiang (Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Uganda) and H.E Kazuaki Kameda (Japanese Ambassador to Uganda), Thomas Kok Cheng Ka (International Woodball Federation General Secretary), Charles Bakabulindi (State minister in for Sports), Paul Mark Kayongo (Uganda Woodball Federation President and IWbF Vice president – Africa), officials from the National Council of Sports, delegation representatives, Uganda Woodball Federation officials and the media.
In her address delivered by Okurut, the first lady Mrs. Museveni congratulated Uganda upon the successful hosting of the second Woodball World Cup with anticipation that this milestone will grow the sport further.
Representing the tournament Local Organizing Committee (LOC), the chairperson Vicent Kisenyi appreciated the Governments of Uganda and China, all the partners, sponsors and stakeholders for the effort of developing woodball in Uganda and helping to organize this particular championship.
Kayongo who doubles as the Uganda Woodball Federation and African body boss saluted the travelling countries with a special token of appreciation to Government for continued financial and logistical support in developing this game over time.
Thirteen countries will take part in the second world beach woodball championship in Entebbe, Uganda.
The hosts Uganda are joined by five other African countries; Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea.
Others are the known woodball giants Chinese Taipei, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, India, Japan and Indonesia.