Maiden Kawempe Mile Run Targets Gender Based Violence in Sports

Kawempe, is part of the five divisions that make up the capital city of Uganda, Kampala. It has in the past produced plenty of talented footballers, netballers, boxers, volleyball players among many others.

Efforts are therefore underway aiming towards the development of other sports disciplines including athletics and indoor games.

In a bid to achieve the aforementioned objective, an inaugural run, code-named the Kawempe Mile race has been organized this Saturday, 26th February 2022 at Blend Gardens in Bwaise.

The Kawempe Mile Run, organized by Abdul Ssemujju, an athletics fanatic based in the United Kingdom was officially launched at Blend Gardens on Thursday.

Speaking during the launch, Uganda Athletics Federation coach, Moses Asonya, sought the need to bring up new talent, stop gender based violence and abuse in sports as the reason for the inauguration of the Mile Run.

“Another reason is to inspire many kids and adults all around Uganda to take up middle distance running all the way to 400m. We have a lot of talent that goes to waste in these distances. Many athletes think of going straight to cross country, road racing, or the 5000m and 10000m but there’s a lot of talent if nurtured well or shown the light that could tap into there full potential.”

He added, “Kawempe has always had plenty of talented footballers, netballers, boxers, volleyball players. It can also produce world class athletes but there’s never been a race or a big athletics event to attract or inspire many of the ghetto kids to the sport of athletics.”

The senior winners of the Kawempe Mile race will take home a cash reward of One million Ugandan shillings (Shs. 1,000,000) each.

“The Kawempe Mile race is aimed at stopping violence in the fight against gender based violence and abuse in sports,” Shifa Nakaweesi,who represented Semujju at the launch reiterated.

According to the organizers, registration is entirely free of charge to all participants.

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