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The first batch of one million tickets for next year’s World Cup in Brazil went on sale on the internet on Tuesday, with some Brazilian fans complaining about high prices.

The chase for tickets began at 1000 GMT, even though World Cup qualification is far from over and the draw for the final phase does not take place until December 6.

At least 300 000 of the tickets that went on sale are reserved for “those over 60 years old, students and recipients of the Bolsa Familia family grant”, the International Football Federation (Fifa) said on its internet site.

Those tickets are branded Category 4, cost between $15 and $82.50 (11-62 euros), and are available only to Brazilians.

Foreigners can buy tickets in the other three categories, which cost much more.

Tickets in those categories for the opening match on June 12, 2014 at the Itaquerao stadium in Sao Paulo cost between $220 and $495 while those for the final at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana on July 13 will set back fans a minimum of $440 up to $990.

But some Brazilian fans find the tickets, except for the discount categories, too expensive.

“I think that the tickets are too expensive, they should lower the prices,” said a 45-year-old fan outside Rio’s renovated 73 000-seat Maracana stadium.

“One should realise that the Cup is part of a process to make football standardized and elitist” which involves “evicting the poor from stadiums,” said Gustavo Mehl, a member of the Cup’s Popular Committee.

The monitoring committee has been highly critical of the way the tournament is being organised.

Many local fans are keen to see the national squad play in Rio but this will happen only if the Selecao reach the final.

“In the 1950 Cup final (also held in Brazil) , tickets represented a little more than two percent of the minimum wage at the time. By comparison the cheapest ticket for the (2014) final costs around $138 or about 50 percent of the (monthly) minimum wage,” according to Mehl.

Some 23.6 percent of Brazil’s 194-million-strong population live with the equivalent of the minimum wage of $282 while 22.4 percent live with up to twice that amount, according to official data from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics.

Monday, Fifa announced that fans will have the option of receiving their tickets at home to avoid congestion at outlet centres as happened during the Confederations Cup in June.

The first phase of sales, relating to around a third of the total number of tickets available, lasts until October 6, after which a ballot will be held to determine the successful applications.

So far only hosts Brazil, Australia, Japan, South Korea and Iran have booked their places at the finals.

The World Cup will take place across 12 cities with around 600 000 tourists expected to attend the tournament.

 

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Uganda’s Kiplimo Wins Great Manchester Run in Record Feat

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At only 18 years old, Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo is already making history.

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During today’s 10km Great Manchester Run, Kiplimo came ahead of everyone recording a time of 27:31 minutes. He finished one mile ahead of the other runners.

On 31st December 2018 he set a new course record at the San Silvestre 10K with a personal best of 26:41.

The sky is the limit for the lad.

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Kabaka Run raises Ugx 494 million towards sickle cell awareness

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Airtel Uganda in partnership with the Buganda Kingdom has announced that Shs494 million was collected during the Airtel Kabaka Run.

The proceeds will be used to promote Sickle Cell Disease awareness as well as procure test kits.

“Shs200 million will go into buying test kits for screening Sickle Cell Disease awareness while Shs249 million will be channeled towards sensitization and awareness campaigns,” the Deputy Katikkiro of Buganda, Owek. Robert Waggwa said during the announcement made at the Buganda Kingdom offices in Bulange, Mengo.

“21% of the people in Buganda have sickle cells, one is either a carrier or has the disease. With these proceeds, we will be sensitizing people about the disease and also testing them,” he added.

Airtel Uganda Head of Brands and Communication Remmie Kisakye, thanked Ugandans for turning up in in big numbers for the run that happened on April 7, 2019 and reconfirmed Airtel’s commitment towards the fight against Sickle Cells Disease.

“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. We are on a positive trajectory and together we can create a healthy Uganda,” she said.

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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Race for new Singleton golf Challenge champion intensifies as quarter-finals get underway

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The dream of claiming the trophy for the first time will be the common denominator for all the eight ‘amateur category’ pairs (16 players) who will take to the green when the quarter-finals of the Singleton Match PlayChallenge get underway this Saturday, May 11 at the par-71 Entebbe Golf Course.

With defending champions Sheila Kesiime and Peace Kabasweka ejected at the third round of the competition last month by Samuel Kato and Charles Odere, it is anyone’s title for Season Three. Yet not even the winners of the inaugural season, Isaac Mariera and John Muchiri, can bid for a second triumph, as their journey was cut short at the same round last month, going down to the determined pair of Andrew Atuhaire and Geofrey Orach.

The elimination of both pairs of former champions means that this year the amateur category of the challenge is yet again certain to get a new pair of champs–just like it was last year when Peace and Sheila won. The prize for the champions is a trip to the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in January 2020.

In the mouth-watering quarter-final action this Saturday, the pair of Samuel Kato and Charles Odere will face off with yet another ladies team in Martha Babirye and Maureen Okura, who eliminated another much-fancied female team–Gloria Mbaguta and Evelyn Asiimwe. Wendy Angudeye/Doreen Mwesige will take on the winner between Tim Mwanda/Suubi Kiwanuka and Charles Hamya/Joseph Bogera.

In the pros section, the quarter finals will feature Herman ‘Deco’ Mutebi, Fred Wanzala, Robert Happy, Abraham Ainamani, Gerald Kabuye, Herman Mutawe, David Kamulindwa and Ronald Rugumayo. In their battle for the Shs50 million kitty, Mutebi will face Happy, Rugumayo takes on Wanzala, Ainemani challenges Kamulindwa, while Mutawe will lock horns with Kabuye.

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