Proceeds from this year’s CJ’s Kyambogo run will be committed to promoting neonatal health care

Proceeds from this year’s CJ’s Kyambogo run will be committed to promoting neonatal health care in one of the health facilities under Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA management. Funds raised from the 1st September annual event at the Kyambogo cricket oval will be used to purchase incubator machines to improve the lives of preterm born babies in Kampala.

Buganda’s Royal Prince David Kintu Wassajja will be the chief runner at the Café Java’s run under the theme “ run 4 premature babies”

“I am very glad to be here to be part of this very good noble cause which is to raise money for the premature born, the less fortunate and disadvantaged people in our society. As you all are aware, I am a sports enthusiast, I like running, and running is more enjoyable when you are running for a good cause so I am very happy to be part of this initiative” averred Prince Wassajja.

He encouraged the public to participate in “a very good cause to raise money for buying equipment for premature babies”. To those not willing to run, Prince Wassajja says they can buy tickets at 20,000 from all Café Javas restaurant outlets around Kampala, thereby contributing to the cause.

According to Yasin Ahmed, the director Café Javas they chose this cause following an increase in reports of premature babies dying in hospitals around Kampala Statistics show that preterm births in Uganda stand between 13-14 percent, while 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide. “ When this opportunity came to support the Kyambogo run, which translates to supporting the premature babies in buying incubators for some of the hospitals, we quickly jumped on it because it aligns with the Mandel Group of companies goals to support sports and support premature babies,” said director Café Javas

A preterm baby is a high-risk infant prone to infection due to the compromised immunity and undeveloped antibodies. South Africa’s High commissioner to Uganda Prof. Maj. Gen. Lekoa Solly Mollo will be the chief guest. Yayiro Kasasa of Beyond Sports organization, the key organizer of the event revealed that the run will have 21 Kilometer, 10 Kilometer, and 5 Kilometer targeting a total of 1000 participants.

Micho leaves Uganda demanding UGX 230 M arrears

Serbian born coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has said he was unfairly treated as if he was property of Uganda.

“I came here to work and improve the football in the country, but payment of my salary has been a big problem,” Sredojevic told URN during an interview on Saturday evening at his house in Naguru before he left the country later.

Sredojevic who took over as Uganda Cranes coach in May 2013 terminated his contract last Friday citing failure to pay his salary arrears and bonuses. A source explained that one of the clauses in the contract gives the coach chance to terminate the contract if he is not paid for over three months, but the FA must still pay the debts.

The coach made it clear that although the Federation owes him UGX230 million (US$64,000),  they made no attempt to clear part of it as he was willing to listen. “My family has even left this house because the head of the family cannot support them fully,” added the tactician.

The 47-year old who guided Uganda to the 2017 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) for the first time after 38-years made it clear that he will return to club football because it keeps a coach much busy than national teams. He is rumoured to be considering a move to South Africa’s Orlando Pirates who he handled in 2006/2007.

” I am very sad that I have to leave this way, but I am glad I made an impact in Ugandan football and also helped build so many players and connect them to professional football around the world. I am at the same time glad I opened the highway for Uganda to qualify for 2018 CHAN, 2019 Afcon and 2018 FIFA World Cup.

In a related development Fufa is expected to announce a care-taker coach this morning at their headquarters in Mengo. Moses Basena who has been Sredojevic’s assistant is tipped to be named.

The Cranes are due to face Rwanda next month in the final round of the Total CHAN Kenya 2018 qualifier, before September’s double header against Egypt in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.




Wrestler John Cena proposes to his girlfriend of 5 years Bella

John Cena had the most nerve wracking moment of his career on Sunday, April 2, when he popped the question to his longtime girlfriend, Nikki Bella at WrestleMania 33.

The wrestling duo had just defeated the Miz and his wife Maryse in a tag-team match when Cena got down on one knee in front of the 70,000 strong crowd.

“I have been waiting so long to ask you this,” Cena, 39, said. “Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace, will you marry me?”

Bella, 33, immediately accepted his proposal, and the couple packed on the PDA with a passionate fueled kiss.

Cena and Bella have been dating for almost five years, and in the run up to their match, their married opponents taunted them for not yet being engaged.

Cena was married to Elizabeth Huberdeau from 2009 to 2012, and has expressed his reluctance to tie the knot again on many occasions.

Bella previously dated fellow wrestler Dolph Ziggler.



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American golf icon Arnold Palmer dies at 87

American golf legend Arnold Palmer has died in Pittsburgh at the age of 87.

Palmer, one of golf’s greatest players whose immense popularity drew a legion of fans known as “Arnie’s Army” and helped propel the game just as television was coming of age, died on Sunday, the US Golf Association and golf media reported.

“We are deeply saddened by the death of Arnold Palmer, golf’s greatest ambassador, at age 87,” the USGA said on Twitter.

The swashbuckling American and seven-time major champion is credited with bringing golf to the TV mass audiences.

No one did more to popularise the sport than Palmer and the news of his passing is certain to overshadow the 41st staging of the Ryder Cup between the US and Europe at Hazeltine this week.

British golf owes a particular debt to Palmer, who was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, as it was his example at the start of the Sixties which persuaded the rest of the Americans to travel over for The Open Championship.

Palmer, who won 95 tournaments worldwide, was nicknamed “The King” and was still a huge figure in the sport. Residing at Bay Hill in Orlando – where he staged his annual PGA Tour tournament, the Arnold Palmer Invitational – his health had been failing for months. However, his death will be so keenly felt for a game still in his thrall.

“Arnold is the reason golf enjoys the popularity it does today,” Jack Nicklaus said. “He made golf attractive to the television-viewing public. There never has been anyone like him before in the game of golf, and there probably won’t be another like him again.”

“We loved him with a mythic American joy,” James Dodson, who wrote his biography, said. “He represented everything that is great about golf. The friendship, the fellowship, the laughter, the impossibility of golf, the sudden rapture moment that brings you back, a moment that you never forget, that’s Arnold Palmer in spades. He’s the defining figure in golf.”

President Barack Obama and former president George HW Bush were among the many notable names to weight in on the death of the icon.



Team Nigeria shining bright at the Paralympics

Nigeria’s Paralympic team is grabbing medals left, right and centre.

At the half-way point through the Games, here are five things you may not know about the team.

1. A gold medal has been won by a Nollywood actress

When Lauritta Onye threw a shot put 8.40m she not only won gold but broke a word record.

The Nigerian Paralympic gold medallist is also known as…. Laury White.

Under that name she starred in the Nollywood film Lords of Money in 2015.

Her performance skills were put to good use on Sunday night when she celebrated her victory in acrobatic style in front of the cameras.

2. More medals than the Olympic team

Nigeria’s Paralympians already have six golds, two silvers and one bronze medal.

That’s compared to Nigeria’s Olympic team which only took home one bronze for football last month.

At the half-way point Nigeria’s Paralympic team is 10th in the medal table and top among African countries, whereas the Olympians were joint 78th by the end.

3. It’s not the first time

At London 2012 the country won 13 medals at the Paralympic Games and not one single medal in the Olympics.

And again they came home with more medals in 2008, 2004, 2000 and 1996.

Before this Games, the former director of the National Sports Commission went as far as to say that he hoped the Paralympians would “erase the shame of the dismal showing at the Olympic Games”, reports Nigeria’s Daily Trust.

4 Serial record breaker

Weightlifter Lucy Ejike broke a world record on Sunday to win gold with a lift of 142kg in the women’s under-61kg event.

It the third time she has broken a world record – in Beijing in 2008 she broke two during the under-48kg event.

The 38-year-old wheelchair user has won three gold medals since she started competing in 2000.

5. Powerlifting dominates

Only one of Nigeria’s nine medals is not in powerlifting – so far it has five Paralympic powerlifting golds, two silvers and one bronze.

That’s added to 15 other powerlifting gold medals since Nigeria started competing in 1992.

But then the numbers are against the other Paralympians – 14 of the 23 Nigerian competitors are powerlifters.

This doesn’t appear to be by accident.

After the powerlifters came back from the 2012 Paralympics with 12 medals the then Sports Minister Bolaji Abdullahi told the UK’s Guardian paper that Nigeria would just put money into a few sports where they have a comparative advantage.





Football Player kicked out of the game for farting

A Swedish footballer has hit out after being sent off for breaking wind during a match – with the referee accusing him of “deliberate provocation” and “unsportsmanlike behaviour”.

Adam Lindin Ljungkvist, who was playing at left-back in the match between Järna SK’s reserve team and Pershagen SK, was shown a second yellow card late on in what local media called “bizarre circumstances”.

“I had a bad stomach, so I simply let go,” the 25-year-old told Länstidningen Södertälje. “Then I received two yellow cards and then red. Yes, I was shocked, it’s the strangest thing I have ever experienced in football.

“I asked the referee, ‘What, am I not allowed to break wind a little?’ ‘No,’ he replied … I don’t get it but maybe he thought I farted in my hand and threw the fart at him. But I did not.”

Opposition striker Kristoffer Linde told the paper: “I was standing a good distance away but I heard the fart loud and clear. It’s the strangest thing I’ve seen on a pitch, and I’ve been playing football since I was eight years old.”

The referee, Dany Kako, confirmed that Ljungkvist had received the second yellow card for breaking wind, explaining: “I perceived it as deliberate provocation. He did it on purpose and it was inappropriate. Therefore, he received a yellow card.”

Ljungkvist told Aftonbladet: “To provoke anyone with a fart is not particularly smart or normal. It’s nonsense – I just broke wind and got a red card. I spoke to the referee afterwards, I was annoyed, but there were no bad words. I just said he was a buffoon.”

Kako said he had experienced similar incidents before. “Once there was a player who stood and peed next to the pitch. I showed him a yellow card, too.”




Hawks retire Mutombo’s number

The Atlanta Hawks retired Dikembe Mutombo’s No. 55 jersey Tuesday night to honor the longtime shot blocker’s Hall of Fame enshrinement.

Mutombo signed as a free agent in 1996 to make Atlanta the second stop on an 18-year career he spent with five other teams.

 ”I don’t think I ever thought my jersey would be retired,” Mutombo told reporters after his jersey was hung from the arena rafters in a halftime ceremony. ”My name will stay forever.”

The 7-foot-2 Mutombo was a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, an eight-time All-Star, and he ranks second on the league’s career blocked shots list and 20th in rebounds.

Through his foundation, Mutombo, 49, built a hospital that has served 140,000 in his native Congo. He twice won the NBA’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award and now works for the league as a global ambassador.

Mutombo was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame two months ago.