Ezra extends support to Arua

Monday August 13 2007

By By Evelyn Kiapi Matsamura

ARUA- After injecting Shs30m as an annual budget to run his athletics training track camps in northern Uganda, businessman Michael Ezra has promised more support.

While closing a two-weeks training camp in Lira on Tuesday, the athletes supporter said he is going to help bring-up the junior athletes. The Lira camp started on Sept 1 and attracted 20 under 18 athletes from schools in Lira, Gulu and Apac.

Ms Josephine Awal, the camp co-ordinator said the camp had been successful, although athletes from Kitgum and Padyer could not turn up due to the insecurity. The training involved road runs and track racing.

“Our vision is to prepare our athletes to develop their talent so that they can represent Uganda at international level. But this must go with their academics,� Awal said.

Bernard Ageta, brother to John Akii-Bua ,is one of the trainers there.

The next camp kicks off in October. Ezra said the Arua camp would be the base for Moyo, Adjumani, Nebbi, Pakwach and Yumbe. “Why we are having these camps is because I am trying to give Ugandans an equal opportunity in sports�.