Sport in Uganda
The Republic of Uganda is the second most populous landlocked country in the world, second only to Ethiopia. It is located in East Africa and is bordered by Kenya, South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo. As with most African nation, Uganda does not have the vast resources that can be used to improve the facilities in the country for sports but that has not dampened their passion for sports.
Uganda has embraced a number of sports such as baseball, cricket, tennis, golf, swimming, cycling, and boxing. Uganda also occupies a significant part of Lake Victoria which they share with neighbors Kenya and Tanzania. This has also spawned a growing interest in sailing.
But when it comes to sheer popularity, football is the king in Uganda followed closely by rugby and basketball. Their national football team, nicknamed 'The Crane's have taken the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Cup a staggering 13 times. The CECAFA Cup is the oldest of all the football tournaments in the whole of Africa.
Their national rugby team is also recognized as one of the strongest in the region and their national basketball team, nicknamed 'The Silverbacks' has made its debut in the FIBA Africa Championship in 2015.
Anoother popular recreational sport is pool. The sport is widespread, every small town has multiple pool tables and it's easy to learn compared to the likes of basketball and rugby. The national open breaks gate records at the MTN Arena in Lugogo.
Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to Uganda. Is there something missing? If you know of something that should be listed here, please let us know.
Popular sports of Uganda
- Football (Soccer), rugby, basketball, athletics, boxing, baseball, cricket, tennis, golf, swimming, cycling, pool, and sailing
Uganda Sporting Success
Athletes from Uganda
- Stephen Kiprotich - won the gold medal in the marathon at the 2012 London Games
Uganda Sports trivia
- At the first Cricket World Cup in England 1975, a team from East Africa competed, which included players from Uganda.
Uganda at major events
- Uganda at the Summer Olympics
- Uganda at the Winter Olympics
- Uganda at the Commonwealth Games
- Uganda at the Netball World Cup