"Great talent, Limited achievement": A case against
corruption in African Sport(Uganda)
Africans have clearly shown themselves to be the most natural talents in especially sports as has been shown by even the leading athletes representing western countries. While countries like Kenya and Ethiopia in athletics, Cameroon and Nigeria in soccer and South Africa in field events have over the years done well to gather a couple of medals, the success of the continent is clearly well below its potential.
This presentation analyses a case of Uganda one of the World's most underachieving counties in the sports arena, despite fanatic following for sports, especially soccer. The country is ranked over 100 th in soccer its most popular sport, it last won track Olympic gold in the 1970s, collected its next track Olympic medal a bronze twenty years later and even boxing which seemed to be the major source of the country's major medals, has now dried up.
The raw potential of its sports men is reflected through the number of achievements made at age limit competitions where the country has thrice emerged bronze medalists at the world junior cross country championships, has runners like Dorcas Inzikiru that won world junior gold at 5,000meters, the Uganda Under 14 soccer side that have emerged world champions three years running and so on. Ironically even the last track Olympic medalist for the country, Davis Kamoga only turned to athletics from soccer in his late twenties, a time when his peers are thinking about retirement and won Bronze and Silver and the Olympics and World championships. As expected he was due for retirement barely 5 years after he started his athletics career.
A lot of questions have been raised about the demise of this natural talent at the time when it should be hitting its peak. So much potential for these junior stars but all seems to fade at the time they are expected to conquer the world. The listed causes range from the lack government support, poverty, lack of modern sports facilities, poor coaching, mismanagement of the sports bodies, lack of focus by the athletes and insignificant reward for success. This paper makes an in depth analysis of these problems and sheds some light on some of the steps that would inevitably enable this talent make some major leaps towards realizing their great potential.