As the world celebrated International Women’s Day, Federation of Uganda Basketball Associations was concluding a women’s referee clinic and a workshop for women representatives in the Zone 5 federations.
The training was conducted from March 6-8 in Kampala and attracted ladies from six of the Zone 5 nations.
It was oorganised by zonal president Hesham El Hariri and Zone 5 women’s representative Joy Olinga in a bid to increase the number of female officials in the region.
The ten women referees who turned up were taken through the basics of officiating.
Joyce Seera was part of the clinic and revealed that she had learnt a lot and is now propelled to work hard and achieve her dream of officiation at the top level.
Currently, Africa has 21 women referees for the FIBA cycle 2019-2021 and of these only four come from Zone 5.
Ugandans Monica Nassuna and Lizzy Nambuya are among those.
The number of female officials world over has significantly gone down and the clinic is one of the steps being taken to ensure women are given an opportunity to serve the game.
According to Olinga, the clinic will help to beef up the number of women referees and officials.
The clinic was conducted by FIBA Referees Instructor and Zone 5 Secretary General Vitalis Gode.
The development clinic was a capacity building initiative to make the ladies competent for the international license in 2021.