After a rain-delayed start to the MTN and UAF Wheelchair and Tricycle 10kms road races, the climax provided for some exciting scenes. The road races took place on Sunday, starting at the Shell Lugogo and ending at the MTN Lugogo Arena.
In the hotly contested 10kms Wheelchair road race, Joseph Tebandeke with less than a kilometer to go was able to overtake Ocira Richard to cross the finish line in 28:47:6 minutes.
His win also required some bit of luck as Ocira while making the final two bends before the finish line, lost control of the wheelchair and fell. That is how Tebandeke was able to capitalize and bring it home.
“We had been neck and neck for the entire race until he tried to maneuver a corner and I overtook him. I am happy to have finally won this year’s road race. Last year I was third. So, this is an improvement,” Tebandeke said after the race.
For Ocira, there was the disappointment despite him being able to get up and finish second despite nearly being overtaken by Kevin Mubiru. Ocira in part blamed the morning downpour that resulted in slippery roads, making it hard for him to maneuver some bends.
In the women category for the Wheelchair road race, Acayo Polline won it in 54:05:7 minutes ahead of Biira Rebecca and former champion Kyalimba Vasta. In the tricycle category for men, Muhammed Ngobi pipped it, whereas Mariam Kasibina won the women category.
“I am so excited about winning this race. I did not expect and I thank God who was able to see through this entire tough route,” an excited Kasibina said. It was an opportunity for marathon participants in the wheelchair category to come out and participate. Supporting the athletics for the disabled reveals how much MTN looks to inclusive sport across the board.
The top 3 in each of the two races will win prize money, in total valued Ugx.11.2m. Women and men who finished first in both races will win Ugx.1.5m each.
The top three will be awarded their prize money next Sunday, 19 th November 2017 at the MTN Kampala Marathon.
StarTimes acquires exclusive broadcasting rights for UEFA Europa League
Africa’s leading pay-TV operator StarTimes has acquired exclusive broadcasting rights for UEFA Europa League in Sub-Saharan Africa until 2021. The broadcast, which will begin on September 20th, will see football fans enjoy matches between the best European clubs. “We are very happy to bring UEFA Europa League to our subscribers. This summer FIFA World Cup was a success and fans really appreciated that we brought them ICC exclusive and live right after. So we thought that they would be delighted to watch another European club competition on StarTimes,” explained Aldrine Nsubuga Snr, StarTimes Uganda Marketing VP. “We are working hard to bring the best sport content to our subscribers. This season will be intense for football fans with Bundesliga, French Ligue 1, FIFA Club World Cup, French & Italian Cups and now UEFA Europa League.”
StarTimes will not only exclusively broadcast UEFA Europa League in Uganda but also in all Sub-Saharan Africa except South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. StarTimes has been awarded exclusive rights for English, Portuguese and local languages in English and Portuguese speaking areas.
Kickboxer Umar Semata to train abroad in preparation for fight with Golola Moses
By Our Reporter
Kickboxer Umar Semata is flying abroad on Tuesday as he intensifies preparations for his much-anticipated fight with the Golola Moses which will take place on October 13 at Freedom City. Semata who was officially flagged off by Pemba Sports Africa on Monday will enroll for a specialized training program for one month with top kickboxing coaches in Phuket, Thailand.
Speaking at the send off ceremony, Semata expressed excitement about going for training in Thailand as he revealed that it will allow him to fully concentrate and give him the right mental focus. “You can not be the best without a good trainer, and so training in Thailand will put me in the best shape for the fight.” He noted.
The training is being facilitated by Pemba Sports Africa to a tune of US$ 10,000 which is inclusive of flights, accommodation, welfare and training in Thailand.
Pemba Sports Africa chairman, Jack Pemba is optimistic that this specialized training will guarantee Semata’s victory against Golola. “We are about to make Golola go into retirement, because Semata will crush him and there will be no comeback for him.” He stated.
Semata, also referred to as “The Pain”, weighs 75kg and is a super middleweight Muay Thai fighter who is the current World Boxing Council Muay Thai Super middleweight champion. He boasts of 42 career wins.
Jack Pemba seals mega deal with American star Jay Z
By Our Reporter
Socialite and sports businessman, Jack Pemba has secured a mega sporting deal, we have learnt.
Pemba, who has been off the social scene recently, was in the US on a business trip where he met with American hip-hop mogul Jay Z to discuss possible partnerships. It has now emerged that the meetings bore fruit as Jack Pemba has revealed that through his company Pemba Sports Africa he will be working with Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports to promote the boxing sport in Uganda.
“I have signed a deal with Jay Z’s sports company,” he told media on Monday. “And with support from the Ministry of Education and Sports, we shall be promoting boxing in Uganda.”
“There is a lot of local boxing talent because Uganda is ranked top in the East and Central Africa region. We want to promote this talent so they can shine on the international stage.” He added.
Meanwhile, it should be noted that Pemba has previously been involved in several sporting activities in the country such as offering sponsorship to different athletes who include body builder Ivan Byekwaso and kick boxer Umar Semata among others.
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