Common Wealth games have something to do with the diverse cultures across affiliated nations. In Birmingham, UK, Uganda and the rest of the World will be going to the people who taught us a lot, or, call them colonialists. Colonial rule is well done and the different Countries attained independence way back.
But before independence, the men and women, as led by the Her Majesty the Queen (Of England) taught us the way of life far different from our traditional one. They taught us the English Language and we dropped the vernaculars, they taught us honesty and we dropped our rough and barbaric side, they taught us formal wears and we dropped our hides, skins and backcloths.
They Introduced formal Education and schools complete with Sports education. Uganda took education and Sports very serious and today, the Country is as competitive as their mentors the English. Team Uganda have checked-in at the Commonwealth Games Village with heads high on spirits, full of life and skills to compete at the games this time hosted by former colonialists, the UK. Uganda Contingent also has Swimming, Badminton, Weightlifting, Table-Tennis, Boxing and Squash.
The smart guys clad in really formal dress code as taught by the English culture will be first in fray. Them, and She Cranes (Netball) are set to kickstart the games medal hunt on behalf of the nation Uganda. Going for the fifth straight time, the Uganda Rugby Cranes will play at Commonwealth Games after previous appearances in 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018. They will face Australia on July 30th, before engaging neighbors Kenya and Jamaica at Pool D.
Australia, hopefully the biggest headache for Uganda, if not Kenya, has a silver medal at Delhi 2010, remaining the best result achieved by the Australian men so far. Uganda will be feeling pretty confident after a good sevens season of qualification with good mix of experience and youth, which will make the team ready to play in the Birmingham Games.
The Uganda Rugby Cranes 7s coach, Tolbert Onyango, named the final squad to represent the country. Rugby 7s at the 2022 Commonwealth Games is scheduled to be held at the Coventry Stadium from July 29 to July 31, 2022. The Rugby Cranes Sevens qualified for the games after emerging champions of the Rugby African Cup of Nations in Uganda in April 2022 at Kyadondo Rugby grounds.
The Uganda Netball She Cranes also meet World Number 2 New Zealand on 30th July in their opener at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The game against Silver Ferns will be followed by fixtures against Trinidad & Tobago and England on 31st July and 2nd August respectively. She Cranes, drawn in Group B, will then face Northern Ireland on 3rd August before wrapping up their group games against fellow African side Malawi on 4th August.
The Netball competition at the 2022 Commonwealth Games is scheduled for 29th July to 7th August with all games to be played at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. This will be the She Cranes’ second time at the Commonwealth Games having made their debut at the 2018 Gold Coast Games, where they finished sixth overall out of the 12 countries that took part.
The netball teams and groupings were done according to rank and qualification route. The qualification Process was in such a way that the final six to compete at the Birmingham Games include Uganda, Scotland, Wales, Trinidad & Tobago, Northern Ireland, and Barbados who qualified for the event by virtue of their World Netball ranking as of 31st January 2022.
During this qualification period, Uganda moved up to 6th place, above already qualified Malawi. Scotland, Wales, Trinidad & Tobago and Northern Ireland then qualified due to being ranked 8-11, whilst Barbados qualified despite being in 13th place because 12th placed Zimbabwe is not a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. The newly announced teams joined Australia, New Zealand, England, Jamaica, South Africa, and Malawi who were announced as the first six qualifiers in October 2021 according to their ranking positions as of the 21st July 2021.
SOUTH AFRICA (5)
Group B (Ranking)
New Zealand (2)
Trinidad & Tobago (10)
Northern Ireland (11)
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