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Uganda Rugby Cranes intensify training as Hong Kong 7s tournament draws closer

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Uganda Rugby Cranes 7s team training

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With less than a month left before the Hong Kong 7s kick off, the Guinness sponsored Uganda Rugby Cranes 7s team has stepped up its training regime as it bids to improve on its 2017 quarter final finish at the tournament slated for Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7, 2019.

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Former Kenya Sevens Strength and Conditioning coach, Geoffrey Kimani has joined the Rugby Cranes 7s side’s technical bench to support the Ugandan team’s efforts to adequately prepare for the tricky Hong Kong tournament. Kimani is not new to the Rugby Cranes 7s as he was part of the teams 2017 success.

“We are grateful to Guinness for their support towards rugby development in the country over the past three years. Thanks to their support, the Rugby 7s have ably represented Uganda on the global stage and as a result, we have witnessed an increase in the number of fans,” Uganda Rugby Union CEO, Ramsey Olinga said.

The Hong Kong 7s is arguably the most valued leg of the World Rugby Sevens series circuit. It’s the seventh tournament on the sevens’ series 2018-2019 calendar, which acts as the principal route for qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Yet again, it promises to be highly competitive, with 15 core men’s teams and 11 core women’s teams battling for the title.

“We are ready for the battle ahead of us, and we are hopeful that we shall be successful in Hong Kong,” Michael Wokorach, the team captain said.

The boys will be competing against New Zealand, the 2018 defending champions and other teams like England, Australia, and South Africa.

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Budo League returns for season 3

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The Budo League, a nine-a-side football tournament for Kings College Budo old students, is back for the third season. The new season which kicked off on Sunday at the Kyadondo Rugby Grounds returns with big changes as they have announced a new league format.

Previously, the league was based on a house-format limiting the number of participating teams to only seven (the number of houses/dormitories at Kings College Budo) but will now be based on the year-of-graduating system.

According to Harold Atukwatse, the Chairperson Budo League, the new changes are aimed at bringing together Budonians of all generations in a mutual and socially beneficial way.

“The newly adopted system makes the competition more inclusive while also providing an opportunity for growth of the league,” he explained. “In our previous format, we had only seven teams which were formed according to the houses. But with the year system, there are very many years which means there is potential to grow into a much bigger tournament.”

The new season which is expected to run for the next 5 months with fixtures to be played every weekend will feature 12 teams namely; Accumlators (’03), Massape (’04), Thazobalo (’05), Centurions (’06), Jubilewos (’07), Quadballo (’08), Basuunzi (’09), Midnight Express (’10), Takoradi (’11), Abacuba (’12), Peaky Blinders (’14), and Galacticos (’15).

Meanwhile, the league will also be giving back to the community. They will be supporting “Soo Many Stories”, a children’s literacy programme organisation that runs an initiative geared towards growing the reading culture among children.

As a league, they will engage in the campaign to promote literacy alongside Soo Many Stories and will on many occasions’ volunteer personnel, logistics and funds to help in the running of the initiative.

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Kabaka Run 2019 edition launched

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Airtel Uganda in partnership with the Buganda Kingdom has launched the 2019 edition of the annual Airtel Kabaka run at the Buganda Kingdom offices in Bulange Mengo. The 2019 Kabaka Run will be held on April 7, 2019 and the tickets are already on sale at Shs10,000.

Speaking at the launch of the Run, Airtel Uganda Managing Director Mr. V.G. Somasekhar thanked the Buganda Kingdom for the unique opportunity and called upon Ugandans to, as always, join in the noble cause to alleviate the Sickle Cell Disease through participating in the Run. “In line with our three-year theme, we intend to continue driving awareness about the Sickle Cell Disease. Last year, we donated over 140,000 sickle cell testing kits to Uganda National Health Laboratory Services, procured from the proceeds of this prestigious run,” he said.

The Katikkiro of Buganda, Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga thanked Airtel Uganda for taking a keen interest in the development of Ugandan communities. “With poor health, there is not much that one can do. We are working tirelessly with committed partners such as Airtel Uganda and other partners to ensure that we improve persistent and yet avoidable health problems, then we can focus on other community development issues,” he noted.

Participants will be flagged off in Lubiri Mengo by His Majesty the Kabaka for the 5km, 10kms and 21km routes.

The Kabaka run – an annual event celebrated to mark the King’s birthday – is part of a partnership that the telecommunications giant has with the Buganda Kingdom to sponsor four of their most important activities; the Kabaka’s birthday Run, Kabaka’s birthday celebration, the Kabaka’s coronation as well as Eid El Fitri. Airtel Uganda also sponsors the Masaza Cup – the Buganda kingdom football tournament.

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Tusker Malt Golf Series six-course adventure comes to an end

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The Tusker Malt Golf Series which started in October last year concluded in style at the Uganda Golf Club (UGC) on Saturday, with riveting action on the course and a 19th hole experience to remember, which featured a performance by Janzi Band.

The tournament, a new addition to the local golf calendar, attracted over 1,000 golfers to enjoy a unique golfing adventure, traversing six golf courses (UGC, Jinja, Mbarara, Palm Valley, Serena Kigo, and Tooro).

After nearly five months of action, Saturday was the day of reckoning as the popular golf series returned to the course where it all started, at UGC for the grand finale where Peace Kabasweka proved too good for the rest to claim the prize for the top male golfer of the series.

Peace Kabasweka finished top of the board in the female golfers’ category, while Paul Ndyaguma took the gongs in the male golfers’ section. The winners earned themselves an all-expenses paid trip each to Pattaya, Thailand.

“It has been an exciting journey. Tusker Malt and golf have a relationship that runs very deep and we are pleased that as a premium lager we were able to put together an equally first-class golf tournament which has been vastly successful,” said Cathy Twesigye, UBL’s Brand Manager, Premium Beers.

The six winners now head to Thailand, which boasts over 250 golf courses with about 20 of the best golf courses situated in Pattaya. This makes it the premium destination for golfers from around the world.

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