토요일, 5월 18, 2024
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Uganda: Kampala Metropolis Marathon On, MTN Kampala Marathon Off


Minister of Sports activities Peter Ogwang has unveiled the Kampala Metropolis Marathon tamplate, emphasising its significance in enhancing tourism and funding in Uganda.

Ogwang stated the federal government goals to showcase Uganda’s socio-cultural and financial richness by way of the marathon whereas additionally selling public well being by way of common bodily exercise to fight non-communicable ailments.

“The Kampala Metropolis Marathon goals to focus on Uganda’s cultural and financial heritage whereas encouraging bodily exercise to forestall non-communicable ailments,” Minister Ogwang declared throughout a media briefing.

The brand new marathon leaves the MTN Kampala Marathon, a signature annual occasion with a charity spine, in limbo given the timing.

The MTN Kampala Marathon, which attracts worldwide runners, had taken place yearly since 2004 when it was launched apart from the 2 Covid-19-affected years.

Nonetheless, final 12 months, the organisers went chilly on the occasion, saying they had been taking a step again to realign their imaginative and prescient and “innovate round find out how to distinguish ourselves and turn into extra impactful for the years to come back”.

“We’ll due to this fact not be having the MTN Kampala Marathon this 12 months however will quickly announce the subsequent transformative chapter on this exceptional journey that we’ve all come to cherish,” MTN stated final 12 months.

However with the Kampala Metropolis Marathon already launched, the probabilities of MTN’s extremely profitable occasion returning on the town’s calendar are slim.

Minister Ogwang outlined the marathon as a decade-long undertaking aimed toward branding Kampala Metropolis and Uganda as premier vacationer locations, thus boosting income technology.

Minister Ogwang projected the participation of over 65,000 people all through the last decade, urging Ugandans to actively interact on this nationwide initiative for mutual profit.

The marathon, poised to turn into one in every of Africa’s high races, is anticipated to draw tens of hundreds of holiday makers, showcasing Uganda’s famend long-distance operating custom and celebrating its distinctive magnificence and variety.

“The Ministry of Schooling and Sports activities, in collaboration with the Uganda Athletics Federation, the Personal Sector, and related Authorities Ministries, Departments, and Companies, will organise the marathon,” Ogwang stated.

Scheduled for December 2024, the marathon will function races protecting distances of 42.195km, 21.097km, 10km, and 5km, welcoming each elite and leisure native and worldwide runners.