By Alex Balimwikungu
US-based Ugandan power lifter Roy Mubiru will compete in the World Power Lifting Association in Ukraine with a settled mind.
Shortly after president Museveni boosted his preparations with $8,000 (sh29m) last week, tycoon and philanthropist Cameroon Gitawo has joined the list of generous sponsors to bankroll Mubiru’s quest to glory.
Mubiru is the first Ugandan powerlifter to ever qualify for the World Powerlifting Championships set for next May in Ukraine. The South Africa based Gitawo, who has come to Mubiru’s rescue in the past, when he funded the RM Power lifting Championship & Cross Fit’ in April 2018, was praises for the milestone.
President Museveni made his offer in Kiboga as he attended the Kiboga district youth mindset change workshop where Mubiru presented him with a medal he won last year.
“I am personally grateful that my friend Roy is getting all the credit and recognition for promoting the sport. It is not easy for an individual sports person to get the attention of the president. What Roy is doing is great and I also want to that the president, Mr. Museveni for promoting sports and recognizing special talent,” Gitawo said.
Roy Mubiru was equally humbled by president Museveni’s timely gesture. “I am out of words after meeting the president, something I have been dreaming about since I started my powerlifting career in 2008,” he said.
Enroute to this historical achievement, Mubiru had to better the best including American lifters at the recently concluded 32nd State Bay annual American Powerlifting Association (APA) Championships held in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.
Mubiru, who weighs 122kgs, lifted weights that nobody would even fathom picking up, and he was doing it with relative ease. He lifted 365kgs in deadlift, did 210kgs for the bench press and 259kgs for the squats before being declared winner of a gold medal in the heavyweight division.
Mubiru will now fly to the US to prepare for the world championships and compete in the Arnold Classic power lifting championships in New Jersey, next month.