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The international Basketball Federation (FIBA) has embarked on a programme to build capacity of women basketball referees with a special women basketball clinic for Zone five countries including Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Eritrea, Egypt and south Sudan.

Joy Olinga, the FIBA Zone V Women Council president spoke to the New Vision at the opening ceremony of the one week FIBA Special women referee clinic in Kampala on Wednesday.

“FIBA is determined to have more international women and that is why they facilitated this training clinic for Africa Zone V countries as a way of capacity building for women,” Olinga stated.

 Participants at the FIBA women special referee clinic

“Currently in the entire Zone V Africa, we only have three women international referees. Monica Nassuna from Uganda and Khaled Aya and Gamal Sarah from Egypt,” she explained.

She explained that those participants who pass the clinic will undergo a three day training next year before receiving their FIBA international referee budges.

Uganda is represented by Sarah Akoto and Lizzy Nambuya at the training.

FIBA instructor, Zulfakar Karim said  he was optimistic the participants will pass because they are participating actively in the training.

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