Stakeholders urge Uganda Government to establish sports dispute resolution body

Stakeholders urge Uganda Government to establish sports dispute resolution body

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  • March 10, 2024
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By Emmanuel Sekago

In a concerted effort to enhance the integrity and fairness of sports within the nation, a coalition of stakeholders is urging the Ugandan government to establish a dedicated Sports Dispute Resolution Body.

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This call comes as a response to the growing need for a transparent and efficient mechanism to address disputes and conflicts that may arise within the realm of sports.

Wallnetnews talking to the  stakeholders, comprising sports administrators, athletes, legal experts, and representatives from various sporting associations, emphasize the pivotal role such a body would play in fostering a healthy and competitive sports environment.

Currently, the absence of a specialized dispute resolution mechanism has left athletes, clubs, and associations vulnerable to prolonged disputes, often resulting in legal battles that tarnish the reputation of Ugandan sports.

The proposed Sports Dispute Resolution Body would serve as an independent and impartial entity, tasked with mediating and arbitrating disputes arising in the sports sector.

Its establishment aims to expedite the resolution process, ensuring that conflicts are settled promptly and fairly, thus minimizing disruptions to competitions and safeguarding the reputation of Ugandan sports on both national and international stages.

Among the key issues that the proposed body would address are contractual disputes, disciplinary matters, eligibility concerns, and disagreements related to competition results.

By offering a specialized platform for dispute resolution, stakeholders believe that the overall governance of sports in Uganda would be significantly strengthened, fostering a culture of accountability and fair play.

The stakeholders also highlight the positive impact of a dedicated Sports Dispute Resolution Body on the attractiveness of Uganda as a destination for sports events and investments.

The existence of a reliable and efficient dispute resolution mechanism is crucial in attracting international competitions, sponsors, and investors, further contributing to the growth and development of the sports industry in the country.

In urging the government to take swift action, the stakeholders emphasize that the establishment of such a body aligns with international best practices and would bring Uganda in line with global standards for sports governance.

They express their willingness to collaborate with relevant authorities to design and implement a framework that ensures the effectiveness and sustainability of the proposed Sports Dispute Resolution Body.

As the call gains momentum, the hope is that the Ugandan government will recognize the importance of this initiative and take proactive steps to establish a Sports Dispute Resolution Body, ultimately fortifying the foundation of sports governance in the nation and ensuring a fair and competitive sporting landscape for all stakeholders.

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