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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Ten Moshi athletes get marathon boost

14th February 2013
United Nations Population Fund's representative Dors Usiri (R) speaks during a press conference in Dar es Salaam yesterday on her organisation's move to sponsor ten Moshi young athletes in next month's Kilimanjaro Marathon. Left is another UNFPA official. Mariam Khan. (Photo courtesy of a correspondent)
Ten Moshi-based young athletes have been earmarked by the United Nations Population Fund to compete in this year’s Kilimanjaro marathon to be held early next month.
UNFPA has joined a galore of sponsors in the annual event hat has so far attracted over 100 foreigners.
UNFPA country representative Marrium Khan said her organisation will provide water table at the event besides taking care of the ten participants.
The UNFPA team will compete in the five kilometer fun race which will accommodate most of the old and teen runners.
Khan said the UNFPA team will be branded by the organisation’s outfit during the race.
She said the  Marathon is a very important platform for her organisation to disseminate information on useful reproductive information.
Khan said UNFPA support aims at increasing people’s interaction and as an effort to upgrade reproductive health of the participants.
She said her organisation is proud to be associated with the event which is increasingly becoming popular across the continent.
“The coming Kilimanjaro International Marathon will help us disseminate on youth reproductive health. We will use this platform to inform the population that every pregnant is planned, every baby is safe and young persons potential are fulfilled”, she said.   
The event is sanctioned by Athletics Tanzania, Kilimanjaro Marathon Club and the Kilimanjaro Amateur Athletics Association.
Most of high-profile domestic athletes have already confirmed their participation at the event which will have four categories including the full marathon, half marathon, disabled event and the five-kilometer fun race.
Organisers have seta side fabulous prizes for the tourney that has in most cases won by foreigners.
During last year’s edition most of the lucrative cash prizes were scooped by Kenyan athletes and the then Minister for Information, youth, culture and sports Emmanuel Nchimbi blasted the home competitors to step performance.


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