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Uganda selects 12-man team for 2018 World Chess Olympiad

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Uganda has selected a 12-man team to take part in the 43rd World Chess Olympiad scheduled to be held from Sept. 23-Oct. 6 in Batumi, Georgia.

The event brings together the top players from around all continents and sanctioned by the World Chess body, FIDE.

“We are happy to be sending a team to represent Uganda at a top tournament for chess. We encourage the players to behave and carry the Ugandan flag high,” Bernard Patrick Ogwel, the acting National Council of Sports Secretary General told Xinhua on Friday.

The team is scheduled to leave for Georgia on Friday night.

Uganda’s leading female player Phiona Mutesi who has played in four Chess Olympiads is also part of the team that comprises seven men and five women.

Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, India, Belgium, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cameroon, Kenya, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Egypt, England and Ethiopia among others are the other countries that will field players at the 2018 World Chess Olympiad.

Uganda’s team includes Arthur Ssegwanyi, Patrick Kawuma, Haruna Nsubuga, Walter Okas, Shadrack Kantinti and Jordan Teeba.

The others are Isaac Otim, Phiona Mutesi, Christine Namaganda, Peninah Nakabo, Cloria Nansubuga and Shakira Ampaire.



Uganda beats South Africa 44-43 to win World University Netball Championship

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Uganda were crowned the 2018 FISU World University netball champions after beating South Africa 44-43 in the final on Friday in the capital Kampala.

Going into the final, the two teams where unbeaten after the round robin games played between seven teams.

In the final round robin game played earlier in the day before the final, South Africa and Uganda tied 42-42 to make it to the final.

The two teams tied 10-10 after the first quarter before South Africa took the lead 25-12 at half time.

South Africa playing a physical and quick passing game took a 33-30 lead in the third quarter before Uganda’s team fought back in the last quarter to win 44-43.

Mary Nuba and Irene Eyaru were Uganda’s star players.

“We want to thank the Ugandan team for doing us proud and winning this title. The government will continue to support sports in the country,” said Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda after watching the game.

Other teams that participated in the tournament were the United States, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

England won the inaugural event held in Cape Town, South Africa in 2012, while South Africa became champions in 2016 when the event was held in Miami, United States.


Uganda remains unbeaten in World University Netball Championship

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Uganda stopped Zimbabwe 104-10 in their fourth game at the on-going 2018 World University Netball Championships on Thursday. The hosts have maintained a 100% unbeaten run as they go into the final game against defending champions South Africa on Friday.

Against Zimbabwe, Uganda led 50-2 at half time before increasing their lead to win 104-10 in a game played at the newly constructed Makerere University Indoor Arena.

On Wednesday, Uganda also humbled Sri Lanka 133-24 in the tournament that has attracted seven teams. “We are determined to win this trophy just like the senior team won the Africa Cup. We continue to remain focused and motivated to win all the games although we know facing South Africa will not be an easy task,” Uganda’s head coach Rashid Mubiru told Xinhua.

Uganda’s team started with a 105-16 victory over USA on Monday, before they defeated Singapore 77-19 on Tuesday. In the other games played on Thursday, Sri Lanka lost two games.

They first fell 62-33 to Kenya and later lost 62-37 to Singapore. Later the United States picked up a 41-37 win over Singapore. Jamaica, Namibia, Botswana and Australia all pulled out of the championship.

In the previous championships England won the inaugural event held in Cape Town, South Africa in 2012, while South Africa became champions in 2016 when the event was held in Miami, the United States.



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