The Uganda Sports Press Association has confirmed the date for the annual USPA Gala.
The annual event was slated for April this year but was halted due to the outbreak of the global Coronavirus pandemic and now will take place on Wednesday 18th November at Serena Hotel, Kampala.
USPA President Patrick Kanyomozi confirmed the development on Wednesday in a press release
“It is with mixed emotions that we confirm that the annual USPA Gala will go ahead this year. On one hand, it is fantastic news that together with our partner Nile Special, we were able to forge a way forward and ensure that the continuity of the gala is not broken in spite the pandemic.”
Kanyomozi added that due to Covid-19 pandemic they will be limited to numbers
“But on the other hand, there’s a tinge of sadness that not everybody that we would have loved to be present will be invited. We are holding the event but with extra caution and guidance to ensure that we adhere to the Ministry of Health guidelines.”
The Nile Special brand manager Francis Nyende echoed the brand’s continued commitment to the development of sports in Uganda and acknowledgement of the outstanding personalities each year.
“This year has posed many challenges to everyone and every sector globally. Yet
this should not stop us from celebrating the sports men and women that hoisted
that national flag high in 2019. Their feats are still vivid in our hearts. You deserve your crowns.” Stated Mr. Nyende.
The Association will also celebrating the 50th anniversary on the same day.
For starters, the USPA reigning overall sports personality of the year Joshua Cheptegei will battle for the overall gong alongside Egyptian based footballer Emmanuel Arnold Okwi and Halima Nakaayi.