Ogwang Defends Netball Normalization Committee on Allowances – The Ankole Times

Ogwang Defends Netball Normalization Committee on Allowances

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Peter Ogwang, the State Minister for Sports, has defended the Netball Normalization Committee amidst accusations of failing to provide daily allowances to She Cranes players during the International Netball Series in Wales and England.

Ogwang dismissed media reports alleging that the committee did not pay the She Cranes a daily allowance of £45 during the recent International Netball Series. He clarified that the Government of Uganda provided a USD 1000 allowance to each player, covered travel costs, and funded pre-Series Camp training.

Regarding the £45 allowance, Ogwang explained it was supposed to be a contribution from hosting federations, payable to the She Cranes as per a commitment agreement signed by the three nations’ Federations. This arrangement aimed to rectify past issues of the Uganda Netball Federation failing to pay player allowances during previous UK Tours.

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“To address this anomaly, the UNF Normalization Committee and World Netball resolved that the allowance should be remitted in kind and accordingly paid directly to the hotels where the She Cranes stayed, to cater to meals for the team,” Ogwang stated.

This stance is consistent with Angela Sanderson, World Netball’s head of finance and governance, who emphasized direct payment of per diem to team hotels to ensure players receive three meals per day.

Criticism has been directed at the Uganda Netball Federation and the government for allegedly not paying She Cranes players, despite the team’s success in various competitions, including the 2022 test series and the Commonwealth Games.

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