Uganda celebrates International day of sport for development and peace

Participants pose for a group photo at the 2019 International day of sport for development and peace (PHOTO: David Isabirye)

Uganda joined the rest of the world to celebrate the international day of sport for development and peace.

The day was declared by the United Nations (UN) which will take place every year on April 06, starting with 2019.

In Uganda, the Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) fronted the celebrations at their headquarters in Lugogo, Kampala.

UOC hosted officials from the different sports federations and associations as they shared ideas on the day.

From the generated ideas, the respective sports federations will be able to host the day independently next year.

Addressing the participants on the day, UOC vice president Beatrice Ayikoru hinted on the values of sports.


Values of sports like tolerance, fairness, teamwork and mutual respect support a peaceful living together in solidarity are what we are celebrating on the international day of sport for development and peace.

UOC Vice President Beatrice Ayikoru
Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) Vice President Beatric Ayikoru (Photo: David Isabirye)

Sport has historically played an important role in all societies, be it in the form of competitive sport, physical activity or play.

Sport as a Fundamental Right

The right of access to, and participation in, sport and play has long been recognised in a number of international conventions.

In 1978, UNESCO described sport and physical education as a “fundamental right for all.” But until today, the right to play and sport has too often been ignored or disrespected.

Sport as a Powerful Tool

Sport is a powerful tool to strengthen social ties and networks, and to promote ideals of peace, fraternity, solidarity, non-violence, tolerance and justice.

L-R: Beatrice Ayikoru, Innocent and Simon Mugabi addressing the participants (PHOTO: David Isabirye)

Sport and Peace

Sport as a universal language can be a powerful tool to promote peace, tolerance and understanding by bringing people together across boundaries, cultures and religions.


Its intrinsic values such as teamwork, fairness, discipline, respect for the opponent and the rules of the game are understood all over the world and can be harnessed in the advancement of solidarity, social cohesion and peaceful coexistence.

Sport programmes permit encounters on neutral territory and in an environment where aggression can be controlled, regulated and transformed and hence facilitates rapprochement and reconciliation between opposing parties.

Although sport alone cannot stop or solve an acute conflict, it represents a flexible and cost-effective medium for post-conflict relief work and peace building as well as conflict prevention.

Sport and Sustainable Development

Sport has proven to be a cost-effective and flexible tool in promoting peace and development objectives. Since the inception of the MDGs in 2000, sport has played a vital role in enhancing each of the eight goals, a fact which has been recognized in numerous Resolutions of the General Assembly.


Sport is also an important enabler of sustainable development. We recognise the growing contribution of sport to the realisation of development and peace in its promotion of tolerance and respect and the contributions it makes to the empowerment of women and of young people, individuals and communities as well as to health, education and social inclusion objectives


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Participants at International day of sport for development and peace theory session at UOC head quarters in Kampala (Photo: David Isabirye)

The participants:

Peter Bwire (Archery), Dominic Otucet (Athletics), Simon Mugabi (Badminton), Geofrey Alioni (Baseball and Softball), Sandra Munduru Ulanga (Basketball), Sharon Nabukenya (Cycling), Solomon Mukasa (Equestrian), Immaculate Nalwadda (Gymnastics), William Mayanja (Handball), Lydia Gloria Dhamuzungu (Hockey), Alice Alwenyi (Netball), Annie Mungoma (Shooting), Simon Peter Mugisha (Swimming), Amina Kibone (Table Tennis), Peter Malavu (Taekwondo), Cissy Musiime (Volleyball), Miesa Musoke (Weightlifting), Hadija Nakiganda (Wrestling), Moses Musonge (Olympics Association), Andrew Wakhama (Shooting), Shamim Nakayenga (Weightlifting), Joan Nagujja (Paralympics), Baluku Fharuk (Gymnatics), Edward Butimba

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