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Wu Wei Ling wins 5th edition of the annual Netherlands Business Golf Cup

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Wu Wei Ling poses for a picture with his trophy on the podium.

Wu Wei Ling poses for a picture with his trophy on the podium.

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A total of 180 players gathered for the 5th edition of the annual Netherlands Business Golf tournament that took place on Saturday at the Kintante Golf Club. Wu Wei Ling emerged victorious in the Men’s category with 43 points and Brenda Maraka scored 39 points winning the women’s category.

The tournament is sponsored by dfcu bank in partnership with the Dutch Embassy, KLM Airlines, VIVO Energy, Sadolin Paints and Shares. The intent of the tournament is to create a platform for members of Uganda’s business community in both the public and private sector to provide a networking opportunity with Dutch affiliated businesses.

The tournament teed off at 7:00 am as different golfers battled it out on the greens throughout the day. This was later culminated with an awards dinner to recognize the outstanding players of the tournament.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, dfcu Bank’s Chief Executive officer Mathias Katamba said, “dfcu bank has deep partnerships with the kingdom of the Netherlands, Dutch embassy and community. Looking at all the businesses participating here today, most of them have a connection to the Netherlands and Dutch community. This event is one of the many activities crowning the King’s birthday celebration which happened earlier, but also sports is a great way to bring people together especially around the subject of business. There is no better way to network than around sports. So we are very delighted to participate and will continue to sponsor this tournament.”

There was lots of excitement and joy after the winners were awarded their well-deserved prizes.

“I am very happy tonight for winning this tournament, it was quite competitive seeing that we have so many good golfers who participated. I extend my appreciation to the organizers and sponsors of the tournament,” said Wu Wei Ling.

There was excitement as the day’s champion was awarded for outstanding performance on the greens that enabled him to win the 2019 Netherlands Business Golf Cup. He received a Business class ticket to travel to any destination of his choice in Europe courtesy of KLM.

Last year’s overall winners were Rukundo Paul and Asiimwe Evelyn with 42 and 89 points respectively.

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MOSAC Rally receives huge boost

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Vivo Energy Marketing Manager Moses Kebba hands over fuel vouchers and goodies to Shell rally drivers Arthur Blick, Omar Mayanja, Umar Kakyama and Ronald Sebuguzi.

Vivo Energy Marketing Manager Moses Kebba hands over fuel vouchers and goodies to Shell rally drivers Arthur Blick, Omar Mayanja, Umar Kakyama and Ronald Sebuguzi.

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Vivo Energy Uganda has announced that they will be providing Shell V Power fuel worth over 10 Million shillings for the organization of the upcoming FMU organized MOSAC rally including supplementary fuel and car kits and accessories for the Shell Rally Drivers, Arthur Blick, Ssebuguzi Ronald, Omar Mayanja and Umar Kakyama in addition to their annual sponsorship packages worth 75Million shillings each. The rally is set to take place from 30th November to 1st December 2019 in Kapeka Semuto, Luwero.

The MOSAC rally will be the last round on the national rally championship (NRC) and it will determine who wins the National Rally Championship 2019 title. Shell Sponsored Rally Drivers Arthur Blick & Omar Mayanja are also among the contenders for the championship.

While handing over the sponsorship package, Vivo Energy Marketing Manager Moses Kebba said, “Our latest-generation Shell V Power Unleaded is now boosted with DYNAFLEX Technology.
Shell V-Power has a new breakthrough formulation containing 3 times more cleaning molecules to protect your engines.
Our boosted cleaning technology not only helps to improve engine condition, but equally helps to maximize energy from the fuel. This therefore qualifies it as the best ever performance and efficiency fuel on the market. We are giving the drivers an opportunity to experience the great performance and efficiency of Shell V-Power.”

He also announced a route plan for rally fans to ply and access Shell V Power Offers to enable them equally experience the performance benefits of Shell V Power while following their favorite drivers and enjoying the rally. The stations that will have the offers are Shell Makerere Kikoni, Shell Kawempe, Shell Maganjo, Shell Kagoma, and Shell Kawanda.

On his part as he reflected on the possibility for wrestling the championship crown for this year in this final calendar event, Arthur Blick said, “I am happy to say Shell has given me my recce Fuel for the final NRC Championship. Without Shell it would be impossible for me to be competitive not to mention winning the NRC Championship in 2015. There is a real possibility for us to take the championship and we feel ready to perform on the day for that as a team. I hope you are all ready for the action-packed weekend like we are. Nothing less than a pedal to metal!”

The Secretary FMU, Sayeed Kaketo thanked Vivo Energy Uganda for their continued support towards Motorsport in Uganda (the National Rally Championship 2019 and Pearl of Africa Rally). He wished the best to all the drivers taking part in the MOSAC rally.

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Ugandan Athletes Shine At 2019 MTN Kampala Marathon

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The 16th Edition of the MTN Kampala Marathon 2019 has been concluded today Sunday 24th November 2019

  • 25,000 people participated in the various categories of the Marathon including elite runners from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Eritrea.
  • All the runners were flagged off by the Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, The MTN CEO, Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte and The General Manager, MTN Corporate Affairs, Ms. Enid Edroma at the Kololo Independence grounds
  • All proceeds from the marathon will be used to improve maternal health facilities in a Health Centre IV hospital, to be selected in the region.

For the 16th time, thousands of Ugandans and people from the neighboring countries took part in the MTN Kampala Marathon (MKM). Held under the theme “For a good cause”, the proceeds from the marathon will go to improving maternal health across the country.

Participants took part in a full marathon (42km), Half marathon (21km), 10km run and the differently abled participated in the 5Km wheelchair race. The wheelchair race that  was previously held a weekend before the main marathon event was also held today foster inclusiveness.

Special attention was made to ensure every participant has a vest that fits and enables a comfortable running experience. Additionally, this year’s kit came with a phone holder worn on the arm to enable participants to run with their phones.

The Marathon attracted elite runners from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Eritrea.

All the runners were flagged off by the Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, The MTN CEO, Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte and The General Manager, MTN Corporate Affairs, Ms. Enid Edroma at the Kololo Independence grounds.

Uganda’s Phillip Kiplimo who covered the 42km race in 2 hours thirteen minutes and 56 seconds walked away with shs. 20 million. In the female category, Uganda’s Nyakisi Adero who covered the same distance in 2 hours, 41 minutes and 11 seconds also won sh.20 million.

In the 21km race, Jacob Kiplimo from Uganda won shs. 4.5 million having covered the distance in 1 hour 1 minute and 53 seconds. In the females’ category, Juliet Chekwel from Uganda also walked away with shs. 4.5 million after completing the race in 1 hour 13 minutes and 8 seconds.

In the 10Km race, Uganda’s Denis Cherotich fished the race in 35 minutes and 29 minutes, walking away with shs. 1.5 million. His female counterpart, Sauline Chelangat, also from Uganda walked away with the same amount having completed the race in 35 minutes and 29 seconds.

In the wheel chair race, Kevin Mubiru came first while Polline Acayo took the lead among the females. In the Tricycle race, Mohammed Ngobi and Mariam Kasibira took the mantle of the day.

Sheraton Hotel won 3.4 million shillings under the corporate challenge. They will spend this money on a charity of their choice under a registered Non-Government Organization.

Levixone, Fresh Kid, Vinka, John Blaq and Spice Diana among others entertained the crowd.

Like last year, the MKM was preceded by regional runs aimed at giving the sixteen year old annual event a national feel. This year’s regional races were held in Soroti, Arua and Masaka. Proceeds from the races will go towards improving maternal health in those particular regions.

The Regional Runs started in Soroti on 3rd November. Thereafter, action moved to Arua on Sunday 10th November, action has been moved to Arua town. Thereafter, the regional runs will be wrapped up in Masaka on Sunday 17th November 2019 ahead of the main MTN Kampala Marathon in Kampala that happened today.

With an estimated 336 deaths per 100,000 live births, Uganda’s maternal mortality is one of the highest in the world. This explains why for the third year in a row, the Marathon will focus on improving maternal health.

Proceeds from last year’s Marathon are being used to complement efforts by the Ministry of Health to improve service delivery in 5 Health Centre IV facilities across Uganda.

While the regional races will feature a single 10km route run, the Kampala Marathon will feature five routes including; the full marathon (42Km), half marathon (21Km), the 10Km race and 5Km fun run and the wheelchair race.

10 KM WINNERS

MEN

Position Number Name Country Time Cash prize
1 15194 Denis Cherotich Uganda 00;29;59 Ush. 1.5 Mil
2 22625 Bushendich Mande Uganda 00:30:05 Ush. 800,000
3 15203 Phillip Kipyeko Uganda 00:30:12 Ush. 500,000
4 20319 Kwemoi Salim Uganda 00:30:14 Ush. 300,000
5 22618 Ezekiel Mutai Uganda 00:30:15 Ush. 200,000

10 KM WINNERS

WOMEN

Position Number Name Country Time Cash prize
1 17171 Sauline Chelangat Uganda 00:35:29 Ush. 1.5 Mil
2 22610 Lillan Cheptegai Uganda 00:35:41 Ush. 800,000
3 15188 Sharon Chepkwemboi Uganda 00:36:12 Ush. 500,000
4 15190 Phanice Chemutai Uganda 00:36:28 Ush. 300,000
5 15191 Ruth Mande Uganda 00:36:34 Ush. 200,000

21.1 KM

MEN

Position Number Name Country Time Cash Prize
1 1708 Jacob Kiplimo Uganda 01:10:53 Ush. 4.5 Mil
2 1640 Filex Chemonges Uganda 01:02:57 Ush. 2.5 Mil
3 1168 Kibet Titus Uganda 01:03:21 Ush. 1.5 Mil
4 1188 Moses Kibet Uganda 01:03:37 Ush. 750,000
5 1709 Isaac Kibet Uganda 01:04:34 Ush. 375,000

21.1 KM WINNERS

WOMEN

Position Number Name Country Race time Cash prize
1 1182 Juliet Chekwel Uganda 01:13.08 Ush. 4.5 Mil
2 1167 Doreen Chemutai Uganda 01:13:09 Ush. 2.5 Mil
3 1643 Dorcus Ajok Uganda 01:14:13 Ush. 1.5 Mil
4 1183 Doreen Chesang Uganda 01:14:21 USH. 750,000
5 1163 Annet Chelangat Uganda 01:14:23 Ush. 375,000

42.2 KM

MEN

Position Number Name Country Time Cash prize
1 341 Phillip Kiplimo Uganda 02:13:56 Ush. 20 Mil
2 346 Fred Musobo Uganda 02:15:23 Ush. 10 Mil
3 337 Anthony Ayeko Uganda 02:15:52 Ush. 5 Mil
4 328 Soyekwo Kibet Uganda 02:16:17 Ush, 3 Mil
5 378 Francis Musani Uganda 02:18:03 Ush. 2 Mil
6 334 Daniel Rotich Uganda 02:18:38 Ush. 1.24 Mil
7 338 Patrick Kiptalah Uganda 02:20:29 Ush. 900,000
8 323 Hable Guta Bira Ethiopia 02:20:49 Ush. 800,000
9 355 Alfred Kiptoyek Uganda 02:20:55 Ush. 700,000
10 9 Allan Andiema Uganda 02:21:00 Ush.600,000

42.2 KM WINNERS

WOMEN

Position Number Name Country Time Cash prize
1 342 Nyakisi Adero Uganda 02:41:11 Ush 20 Mil
2 340 Vanis Chemutai Uganda 02:45:42 Ush. 10 Mil
3 322 Kidist Fiseha Tedia Eritrea 02:47:01 Ush. 5 Mil
4 324 Lydia Wafula Kenya 02:49:08 Ush. 3 Mil
5 354 Priscilla Chelangat Uganda 02:49:45 Ush.2Mil
6 26 Migada Caroline Uganda 02:50:55 1.24 Mil
7 399 Omari Doris Kenya 02:52:59 Ush. 900,000
8 376 Rotich Lydia Chepleting Kenya 02:54:15 Ush. 800,000
9 320 Debesay Yohannes Hibret Eritrea 02:55:43 Ush. 700,000
10 318 Eileen Jepngetich Korir Kenya 02:57:10 Ush. 600,000

Tri-cycle Men

Number Name Position
5510 Ngobi Muhammed 1
5019  Abongo Geofrey 2
10174 Suusa Karim 3

Wheel chair Men

Number Name Position
5514 Mubiru Kevin 1
5016 Ocira Richard 2
5020 Ziraba Christopher 3

Tri-cycle women

Number Name Position
5002 Kasibira Mariam 11
5017 Acen Florence 2
5568 Elivaida Abenoyo 3

Wheel chair women

Number Name Position
5002 Acayo Polline 1
5003 Kyalimpa Vastar 2

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Police Officer Wins Arua MTN Kampala Marathon Run as 71 year old also completes the race

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An endless stream of runners clad in yellow vests was a sight to behold moments after the runners were flagged off for the Arua Run at the Arua Golf course grounds this morning.

By 6:30 am, anxious runners could be seen trotting from their homes to the Golf course grounds for the warm up session before hitting the 10km track.

Last year, the Telecom giant introduced the regional runs to give the athletics event a national feel. With all the 28,000 kits sold out, huge numbers of people poured in to the Golf Course grounds for a warm up session. After a 30 minute warm up, the runners were flagged off at exactly 7:28 am.

Alex Cherop, a Police officer based in Arua completed the race in 29 minutes and 5 seconds, making him the overall winner. He walked away with a cash prize of 700,000 shs. In second and third place were David Solimo and Uma Joseph respectively. They also walked away with cash prizes. In the ladies’ category, Adha Munguleya came first. She completed the race in 35 minutes and 21 seconds, winning herself 700,000shs. In Second and third place were Sharon Chepkwemoi and Annet Chebet respectively. The first eight men and women won various cash prizes.

Despite her old age 71 year old Grace Achia who walks with the aid of a walking stick completed the 10k race. Her courage to participate was bucked by her desire to contribute to the improvement of maternal health which she refers to as a very good cause.

Other runners simply participated to have fun. They could be seen stopping for photo opportunities as they covered the 10kilometres at their own pace.

At the end of the run, an awarding ceremony was held at the Golf Course grounds. The runners had an opportunity to cool off as they enjoyed entertainment from a various artistes.

Action moves to Masaka next week where the people from Masaka and surrounding areas will run to make a difference in maternal health in the region.

Last year’s regional runs were successfully conducted in Mbale, Gulu and Mbarara. This year, in the spirit of giving an opportunity to all, the runs have been taken to different districts; Soroti, Arua and Masaka towns. The regional races are now an annual feature of the MTN Marathon season. Last week, a similar run was held in Soroti town. Today, the race has been successfully concluded in Arua ahead of Next week’s run in Masaka town. Thereafter, action will be in Kampala on the 24th of this month. All the races are held under the theme; “A good reason to run” as all the proceeds will go to improving maternal health in the country.

The Telecom introduced the regional races as a way of allowing people in the regions to showcase their abilities and also to give people in the participating regions, an opportunity to contribute to the well-being of others through the causes that the MTN Run and Marathon support.

With an estimated 336 deaths per 100,000 live births, Uganda’s maternal mortality is one of the highest in the world. This explains why for the third year in a row, the Marathon will focus on improving maternal health.

Despite her advanced

Proceeds from last year’s Marathon are being used to complement efforts by the Ministry of Health to improve service delivery in 5 Health Centre IV facilities across Uganda.

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