By Moses Oketayot
The second season of the corporate games kicked off at Mandela stadium Namboole on Sunday in the outskirts of Kampala with 25 of the 40 registered companies turning up for the event.
Uganda Tourism Board, Uganda Retirement Benefits Regulatory Authority, National Information, and Technology Authority, Directorate of Industrial Training, are among the new entrants in the games which will run for nine months on every first Sunday of the month ending in November.
Spelling bee competition has also been added to the games, where companies will battle it out in spelling words given to them in the space of one minute.
The first outing of the season mainly saw football of seven aside being played and spelling competition.
Speaking at the sideline of the games, the chairman of the corporate games Ian Rumanyika thanked the sponsors of the games like NEC Uzima mineral water, UMC Victoria hospital, Mandela national stadium, and media partners like Red Pepper, UBC, and Next media services.
He further stated that the first mandate of the games is to inspire the corporates to keep healthy and fit through sport. “We have seen people who have come to these games and gained a lot in terms of networking, visibility, and publicity of their brands,” he said.
The deputy chairman of the Uganda Tourism Board, Bradford Ochieng also thanked the organizers of the games and vowed to promote local tourism through sports. “With the corporate entity, that’s where the money is, and tourism is all about spending money.
As you UTB, we will use this avenue to promote destination Uganda through sports because wits a unifying factor,” he said. He further urged all Ugandans to appreciate the tourism sites that the country has through tourism.
The managing director of Mandela National Stadium Jamil Sewanyana said that it doesn’t add up running a sports facility like Namboole and there are no activities running in it, and having the corporate games played from there is a good thing because people need to keep fit, and healthy through sports.
There was also a blood donation drive during the games that saw many participants donate blood to help curb the deficit at the national blood bank in Nakasero.
There are going to be 30 sports disciplines which include football, wood ball, swimming, a tag of war, athletics, tennis, spelling bee, cycling, and netball among others. The next outing of the games will be on 5th April at the Mandela National Stadium in Namboole.