UOC excited with addition of five disciplines to the LA 2028 Olympics

UOC excited with addition of five disciplines to the LA 2028 Olympics

By Emmanuel Sekago

With the inclusion of five new sporting disciplines in the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics, the local Olympic circles were excited.

Dr-Donald Rukare President of Uganda Olympic Committee

The Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) president , Dr Rukare stated: “We’re more than happy to see the Olympic family growing bigger, and we can’t wait to push our athletes towards qualifying for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games.

The five sports included in the Summer Olympics by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are Flag Football, Lacrosse, Squash, baseball/softball and cricket.

This decision not only marks the return of Lacrosse, Cricket and baseball/softball to the Olympic stage but also introduces Squash and flag football, who will be making their Olympic debut in the LA 2028 Olympics.

These selections were proposed by the LA28 Organising Committee and were reviewed and supported by the IOC’s Olympic Programme Commission (OPC) and Executive Board (EB) on Monday.

 

Uganda squash team training at Kampala club

For Uganda, Rukare said the decision presents a tremendous opportunity to excel in the world of sports.

“With Cricket growing in popularity and the introduction of the T20 format, offers Uganda a chance to improve its global ranking, This is great news for our newest members and the school programs,” he noted.

The Uganda cricket association is busy implementing these programs in schools and fostering exchange initiatives.

Uganda has so many schools playing cricket and this alone is contributing to the growth of the sport in the country.
According to Dr Rukare, they will begin the process of incorporating these five sports into its Youth camps, starting in the upcoming third term holidays.

Meanwhile; IOC President, Thomas Bach, stated, “The choice of these five new sports is in line with the American sports culture and will showcase iconic American sports to the world while bringing international sports to the United States. These sports will make the Olympic Games LA 2028 Olympics unique.”

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