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Namanda keeps ball flying in Uganda

Uganda Volleyball Federation Hadija Namanda and FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça at the FIVB headquarters on Thursday
Lausanne, Switzerland, March 16, 2017 – Uganda Volleyball Federation President Hadija Namanda visited the headquarters of the international federation on Thursday, where she met FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° and members of staff from different departments in the organisation. Newly elected, Namanda’s priorities combine promoting and developing volleyball in Uganda with a focus on the core values of the sport, including mutual respect, the promotion of excellence and the celebration of friendship.

Namanda, who is the first female president in the history of the Uganda Volleyball Federation, is also an advocate of the importance of the role of women in sport and sport management. And with a wide-ranging background in volleyball as a player, coach and referee, she has shown the way forward for women in her country and at a continental level.

Hadija Namanda is the first female president of the Uganda Volleyball Federation

A Level II FIVB Volleyball Coach and an international referee, Namanda continues to play in her free time. She has officiated as a referee at both the women’s and the men's African club championships, at continental qualifiers for the FIVB Volleyball World Cup and at continental women’s qualifiers for the Olympic Games. She now takes the reigns of the national federation as it seeks to take volleyball to the next level in the East African country.

Hadija Namanda (left) in her role as an international referee

Alongside plans to grow volleyball in Uganda, and a focus on grassroots volleyball in schools and communities around the country, Namanda will also turn her attention to governance issues, promoting  transparency and a system of checks and balances to ensure the long term growth and sustainability of the sport in Uganda. 

A keen all-rounder, Namanda has practised a number of sports, including table tennis, in which she ranked ninth in Africa in 1996, and badminton. Her children also represent Uganda as swimmers.

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