Elite Athletes to Pay for Kabaka Birthday Race

Buganda minister for Sports and Recreation Henry Ssekabembe has called upon all personalities from clans and the Buganda counties to take part in the Kabaka’s birthday race which is slated to take place on April 6 starting from the Kabaka’s palace in Mengo.

The race, which has been divided into three categories of five, ten and twenty-one kilometres, will be flagged off by the Kabaka himself. Ssekabembe, together with the organising committee, expects more than 20,000 people to take part.

Ordinarily, professional athletes are always invited to take part in such competitions but according to Ssekabembe, they will have to pay before taking in the one-day event.

“Since we are contributing towards the noble cause of fistula, everybody will have to pay,” explained Ssekabembe on Wednesday in Mengo.

This year’s race will be under the theme ‘Fight against Fistula’ and registration is still going on at Bulange, Vision group offices and Airtel outlets at shs 10,000 each. By the end of Tuesday, more than 500 people had already registered.

Uganda without coach in Copenhagen

Meanwhile, Geoffrey Kusuro will lead Uganda’s team of six athletes to the IAAF World Half Marathon slated for this Saturday in Copenhagen, Denmark. Going with the team tonight are Daniel Rotich (Captain), Moses Kibet Daniel Rotich, Isaac Ayeko and Linnet Chebet (the only lady on team).

However, this time the case of ‘mistreatment’ of athletes by the coach will be on hold since no tactician is to travel with the team. Instead, international managers of each of the athletes will help them while in Denmark.

Brussels airline has offered six return tickets to the athletes specifically for the Copenhagen marathon.

Source : The Observer

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