30 Mar 2017

Ugandan but living in France since 2003, Ronald Mugwanya, International Umpire, was recognised at the recent Paris Sports Awards Ceremony staged on Wednesday 29th March.

Organized by the City’s Olympic Committee and nominated by the committee responsible for table tennis in Paris; he received the trophy for Male Match Official of the year. It is the first time in recent years that a table tennis umpire has received such an award.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Ronald Mugwanya is a regular face in the hot seat at major events; he has umpired at World Championships, World Cups, the European Champion Leagues and French League but arguably his finest hour was when he officiated in the final of the Men’s Team event at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Always in major competitions, Ronald Mugwanya, when officiating, has been selected for semi-final or final duty and he is looking ahead to fulfilling that task once again. Paris is a candidate city to stage the 2024 Olympic Games.

Grateful for the award, Ronald Mugwanya thanked all concerned. In addition to his home national association of Uganda, he paid tribute to the French Table Tennis Federation, the local Paris Committee to his Club, Esperance de Reuilly and to the International Table Tennis Federation for the trust placed.

In recent years Ronald Mugwanya has conducted many umpiring courses under the auspices of the ITTF Development Programme and is an active member of Ping Sans Frontières, a voluntary organisation which supports the promotion of table tennis in less privileged countries and priority areas in France.

A father of four, the whole family living in Paris, a major focus of attention for Ronald Mugwanya is social work.

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