By Jumah Nsubuga
Parliament yesterday honored the Moscow men Marathon world champion Steven Koprotich.
The motion for the resolution of parliament to honor Kiprotich was moved under article 8(a) of the constitution by the minister of education and sports Jessica Alupo and seconded by state minister of education and sports Kamanda Bataringaya.
Minister Alupo said that the triumphant victory of Kiprotich presents a rare and unique opportunity and platform for national unity,patriotism,national consensus for future development and for the advancement and promotion of physical education and sports in Uganda for citizens physical well-being, health and productivity.
The minister also said that, government needs to take strong stand in enhancing the realization of patriotism, unity, national pride, citizen’s physical well-being.
She further appealed to parliament to support the annual budget to the sports sub-sector of the ministry of education and sports to facilitate development of physical education and sports countrywide through schools talent development programs, enhancing sports competitions among others.
Meanwhile MPs applauded Kiprotich for winning another Gold medal to the country however urged government to create a specific fund for sports as the way of uplifting sports in this country.
Steven Kiprotich managed to beat his marathon competitors from Kenya and Ethiopia to win the 2013 Moscow men’s marathon championship.
He also won Olympics marathon in London in 2012.
Elsewhere the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga applauded Ugandan Hero (Kiprotich) for winning another Gold medal to Uganda.
“He has done it again and the entire country is happy for him” We have hope in him” The speaker said.