The launch of the 2019 edition of the Kabaka Coronation Sevens Cup took place this week in Kampala, ahead of the competition getting underway on the 20th July.
The competition will see 12 male teams battle it out for the top prize, while there will also be four female sides vying for the prestigious trophy. Once again the Shell Rimula Rhinos will host the event, and the competition will serve at the fifth leg of the National Sevens series sponsored by Roke Telkom.
Speaking to the Kampala Post at the launch, the chairperson for the Rhinos, Alex Kalimugogo said: “We expect this to be a fun session of rugby. This year’s theme is sustaining the environment and the community.”
The rugby competition takes place ahead of the celebrations to make the 26th Coronation of Kabaka on 31st July. Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II was crowned at the king on 31st July 1993 following the efforts of the NRM to restore the kingdoms.
The Coronation Sevens event will be competed for the second time in the club category, whereas the school event has been contested in each of the last three years.
Prince David Kintu Wassaija was pleased with the involvement of the schools and explained: “It’s good to see schools actively taking part in the event. It is also an opportunity for the youth to join in with the coronation celebrations.”
Rebecca Nassiwa went onto explain to the people in attendance that this year’s competition will be made more interactive, with the inclusion of fans being able to win prizes for predicting the winners of the match, as well as the man of the match. The player who is deemed to have performed the best are also given packages for their efforts on the field.
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