The Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC)/ Commonwealth Association of Uganda (CGAU) held their annual retreat on December 21, 2022, at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel in Kampala. The retreat, attended by members of the secretariat and executive committee, focused on the review of the past year and the planning for the coming year.

Mr. William Blick, an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and former President of the UOC/CGAU, gave opening remarks at the retreat. He expressed his gratitude to the organizers and emphasized the significance of the retreat as an opportunity to reflect on the past year, develop a work plan, and create a strategic plan for the upcoming year.

Dr. Donald Rukare, the President of the UOC/CGAU, then made a presentation on the review of the year 2022 being concluded. He noted the various achievements during the past year, including Team Uganda’s tremendous achievements at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, the Islamic Games in Konya, and UOC achieving legal status.

The secretariat administrators, Game Connect project team, liaison officer for commissions and capacity building, and Olympafrica team then presented their accomplishments and challenges from the past year.

The latter half of the retreat focused on the upcoming year, with discussions on the work plan and strategic plan for 2023 and beyond. Members had the opportunity to share their reactions and ideas for the coming year, including potential new initiatives such as a digital museum for sports and areas of focus.

The retreat concluded with any remaining business and the attendees’ departure. Overall, the UOC retreat was a successful and productive event, with members leaving with a clear understanding of the past year’s achievements and a solid plan for the coming year. The UOC is confident that with the strategies and objectives outlined at the retreat, they will be able to continue supporting and uplifting Uganda’s athletes on the world stage.

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