KAMPALA, (Xinhua) --
The Chinese Embassy has pledged to continue
supporting the development of woodball in Uganda.
Chinese Ambassador to Uganda told members of the Uganda Woodball
Federation (UWBF) on Tuesday that they are happy about the quick
development the sport is making in Uganda and on the
During his visit to
the federation headquarters in Mengo, Ambassador Zheng made it
clear that the Embassy will continue to support woodball in
Uganda and will also consider investing in new playing
“I am excited to see
that the Uganda Woodball Federation has a machine that
manufactures equipment that is also distributed in Africa. The
embassy will consider the issue of getting a new machine for the
federation because they are worth being supported as a body,”
Ambassador Zheng said.
The Chinese Embassy
in Uganda last year partly sponsored the Uganda International
Woodball Championship that also attracted several foreign
players from Asia.
The game of woodball
was invented in China, but has slowly spread to African
countries like Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Zambia,
Burundi, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Federation President Paul Mark Kayongo, thanked the Ambassador
for honoring the invite and added that they are eager to
contribute towards the One Belt and One Road Initiative using
the sport of woodball.
“With some of the
help coming from the Chinese Embassy, we now have over 4,000
people playing woodball in Uganda where the game started only 10
years ago,” he added.
David Katende, the
assistant General Secretary (technical) at the National Council
of Sports (NCS), the body that runs sport in the country,
thanked the Woodball Federation for being very organized and
being the only sports body manufacturing their playing
He also thanked the
Chinese government for their support of Uganda through many
aspects including sports.
Besides Uganda being
the top ranked country in Africa in the game of woodball, their
female player Lillian Zawedde is ranked third in the world and
number one in Africa.