By Olalekan Okusan
What started as a hobby for Uganda’s Ronald MUGWANYA has now earned him accolade in his base in Paris, France.
At a colourful ceremony held in Paris on March 29, Paris, Ronald MUGWANYA was one of the elected candidates in the Paris Sports Awards organized by the City’s Olympic Committee.
Ronald MUGWANYA received the trophy of the Male Match Official of the year while other athletes, teams and Olympic medalists at the 2016 Rio Games were honoured.
To win the award, Ronald Mugwanya was nominated by the Paris Table Tennis Committee, after the Ugandan presented his resume.
As one of the blue badge umpires in Africa, Ronald Mugwanya has officiated in many World Championships, World Cups, top French league matches, European Champion Leagues and Olympic Games.
The Ugandan attributed the honour to his commitment to the sport while expressing his appreciation to the French for accepting his when he arrived the country in 2003 as a young African.
An elated Ronald MUGWANYA thanked the organizers for recognizing him alongside top athletes and officials.
He also extended his appreciation to his mother association, the Uganda Table Tennis Association (UTTA) for constantly nominating him to the World’s Prestigious events, the French Table Tennis Federation for local and European assignments but also to the Paris Table Tennis Committee and to his Club, Esperance de Reuilly for all the support they have always provided to him. He lastly thanked the International Table Tennis Federation for always trusting him with such huge responsibilities and his family for all the support.
Mugwanya is also an umpire trainer under the ITTF development Program and has conducted courses in Haiti, Ethiopia, Burundi, Kenya, Mauritius, Cote d’Ivoire, Central African Republic, Congo Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Swaziland, Uganda and Bhutan in Asia. He is a member of humanitarian sports organization called Ping Sans Frontières which develops education through table tennis in less privileged countries in the world and priority areas in France.
In his 15 years career as a table tennis official, the father of four changed from teaching to social work, while pledging his commitment to table tennis.
His next assignment is the World Series Japan Open, Tokyo 14 – 18 June 2017.