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Puma impressed

By Vision Reporter

Added 17th August 2005 03:00 AM

Kit, airtickets secured after Inzzi victory

UGANDA’S impressive performance at the world athletics championship has been rewarded by international sports kit dealers Puma, who are eager to sign a new lucrative deal.

Kit, airtickets secured after Inzzi victory

UGANDA’S impressive performance at the world athletics championship has been rewarded by international sports kit dealers Puma, who are eager to sign a new lucrative deal.

Kit, airtickets secured after Inzzi victory

By James Bakama and Norman Katende
UGANDA’S impressive performance at the world athletics championship has been rewarded by international sports kit dealers Puma, who are eager to sign a new lucrative deal.

Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) secretary Beatrice Ayikoru revealed that a contract offering national athletes full kit and financing travel to all international competitions was discussed in Helsinki.

Since last year’s world cross-country championships, Puma has offered sportswear and $15,000 (sh27.3m) in air tickets.

“Puma representatives will be coming to Kampala to finalise everything,” Ayikoru said in Helsinki.

Uganda was fully dressed by Puma in Helsinki where Dorcus Inzikuru’s gold medal boosted the country to joint 17th position out of 196 countries.

Boniface Kiprop finished fourth in the 10000m while Alex Malinga was sixth in the marathon.

Puma’s interest in Uganda started when Standard High School student Kiprop won a world cross-country bronze medal in 2002.

Puma’s deal with UAF also marks a return of the company to Uganda since 1972-74 when John Akii-Bua, clad in a red and black Puma kit, won an Olympic 400m hurdles gold medal in Munich in a world record 47.82.

Boxer Ayub Kalule also wore Puma as he punched his way to a gold medal at the inaugural world boxing championships in 1974.

Namboole stadium management in recognition of the Arua Gazelle’s effort named the road to Jinja Road ‘Inzikuru Rise’.

Meanwhile, work at the New Vision Ltd headquarters came to a standstill when Inzikuru visited before she returned to Europe last night.

“We will continue supporting you,” Editor-in-chief David Sseppuuya told Inzikuru.

“I will also continue to run and raise Uganda’s flag high,” she promised.

Puma impressed

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