Bachelor of Laws students celebrate a goal during an Inter-course game last semester (File photo)
BY RONALD AWANY
The Easter Semester Inter-courses Tournament kicked off on March 4, with Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) losing to Bachelor of Social Work and Social Administration (BSWASA) 2–1, while Bachelor of Laws (LLB) got a walk over defending champions, Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering (BSCEE) after the latter failed to turn up.
The winners of the tournament will walk away with a Shs250,000 cash prize and Shs100,000 for first runners-up. Certificates will be issued to participants and outstanding players.
However, Guild sports minister, Julius Mugabi, decried the small budget of Shs3.5m allocated to sports for the whole year.
“We would have had more prizes to offer the teams and individual performers but very little money was allocated to the annual sports budget.
“Imagine I have to distribute Shs3.5m across three semesters, which is unrealistic,” he said.
He urged the guild government to give sports greater priority and financial allocation.
“It is high time parliament took sports seriously.
“Through these events, coaches are able to select players for their respective university teams but we cannot organise these events without enough money and because of that, this year we shall have no annual sports gala, which has always been a custom,” Mugabi said.
In contrast to the marginalised sports budget, the Guild President’s trip to the Netherlands and the guild trip were allocated Shs10m and Shs20m, respectively, while a debatable figure of Shs10m was also allocated to Foreign Affairs, which leaves a lot to be desired about how serious the guild government considers sports.