Rowing to Boost Tourism

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Onegi p'Minga, the secretary-general of Uganda Rowing and Canoe Federation has said they have a plan to turn rowing and canoeing into a tourist attraction. P'Minga said the 18 rowing boats received from the International Canoe Federation last month will be used for international competitions with the view of attracting sporting tourists from Europe and America especially during winter. P'Minga said if well developed rowing and canoeing could attract many tourists to Uganda who would inject a lot of money for the development of the sport and for the country, because most water sport tourists tend to be high end tourists with big spending power. The Germany-based International Canoe Federation donated the vessels to boost the sports in Uganda. The boats arrived last month and are being assembled at Miami Beach in Port Bell. P'Minga said the modern and specially built boats would also be used for specialized training with the hope of increasing Uganda's chances of participating in international competitions like the Olympics. //Cue in: We've received the # Cue out: # to start training. The Uganda Rowing and Canoe Federation is part of the Uganda Olympic Committee but has consistently failed to send participants to international competitions because of lack of facilities and credible competitions. P'Minga said university teams will be given priority to enable them improve their capacities for international competitions. He said special training and competition sites will be created at Luzira, Jinja and Panyimur in Nebbi District to promote the sports.

 

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