With the Ntoroko county bicycle race concluded last week, it is only a matter of days until Tooro Kingdom crowns the winning county of the exciting MTN-sponsored two-month-long bicycle race competition.
Several people on Friday morning took up on the streets of Karugutu town council in Ntoroko district to witness the first ever bicycle race in the district. This was also the last bicycle race among the 9 counties of Tooro, ahead of the final race that is set to be held this Sunday, 4th September in Fort Portal.
The highly anticipated MTN Tooro Kingdom bicycle race final competitions shall feature the top 10 winners in each of the 9 counties. 5 of the cyclists shall ride ordinary bicycles while the other 5 shall ride sports bikes. The King of Tooro, His Royal Highness King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV is expected to grace the event.
Micheal Wandera the Tooro kingdom sports minister who has been presiding over the races across all the counties lauded the people of Tooro for the peaceful competitions and thanked them for their participation as well as rallying support for their counties relentlessly, aspects that have made the exercise successful so far.
“With support from MTN we have traversed all the nine counties and the bicycle races have been peaceful I need to commend the people of Tooro for embracing the sport. At our final racing activity this Sunday in Fort Portal we expect the king of Tooro to be the chief guest and on that day, he will also ride a bicycle,” Wandera said.
The bicycle races were launched as a precursor to Tooro Kingdom’s 200th anniversary as well as the King’s coronation anniversary.
Andrew Tusubira, MTN Uganda’s Western Region Business Manager lauded Tooro Kingdom for embracing the sport that has proven exciting to the masses who have continuously turned up to not only support the race but to celebrate their rich heritage as the people of the great Kingdom of Tooro.
“We are indeed happy to see that this race has been embraced and it is serving its purpose of promoting social wellness as well as unity among our cultural institutions,” Tusubira said.