German Embassy supported first East African Goalball Championship
The winners of the Ugandan national goalball women's team and Chargé d'Affaires Ms Petra Kochendörfer
(© German Embassy Kampala)
The first East African Goalball Championship took off in Kampala this weekend. Goalball is a game exclusively for athletes who are blind or visually impaired. It was invented in 1946 to help rehabilitate veterans who had lost their sight during the Second World War. It became Paralympic in 1976. The object of the game is to throw a ball past the opponents score points.
The embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires, Ms Petra Kochendörfer, officially closed the tournament for the visually impaired on Sunday. It was organized by the Uganda Paralympic Committee (UPC) in partnership with the International Blind Sport Federation (IBSA) and supported by the German Embassy Kampala.
Enlarge image Ugandan team in action (© German Embassy Kampala) The Uganda Women’s National Team confidentially won Gold with the Kenyan and Rwandan teams in places two and three respectively! The men’s national team secured silver in an exciting match against winner Kenya. The men from Burundi won Bronze. Teams from Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi, Congo and South Sudan participated, too. Congratulations to these great athletes!
In the week before the Championship a training course for goalball coaches and referees/officials from Great Lakes Region was held.