Leading insurer, UAP today boosted the 2012 edition of the Bamburi Rugby Super Series by injecting a Ksh 1.5 million sponsorship to the kitty for running the tournament.
As the official insurance sponsor of the tournament, UAP will provide personal accident insurance cover for all the players and officials throughout the tournament.
Michael Oduor, Sasha Mutai and Herbert Mwachiro during the cheque presentation
Speaking while presenting a sponsorship cheque to the Kenya Rugby Union, UAP Insurance General Manager, Operations, Michael Oduor said that the company was sponsoring the tournament for the fourth year running.
He added that UAP Insurance was keen to support the growth of rugby as a sport and in particular the development of the 15s side so that it would attain similar international fame as the sevens side.
UAP will also sponsor the Rhinos, whose kit is displayed here
“Participating in the contact sport, rugby players are exposed to injury that requires immediate and urgent treatment. This is why UAP Insurance is on hand to ensure that any player or official injured gets speedy access to excellent medical treatment,” he explained.
He added that the need for appropriate personal insurance for sportsmen and women as well as their officials had traditionally been overlooked. “There needs to be a concerted effort from the whole sports industry to bring insurance to the fore where it should be,” said Oduor.
“We believe that this tournament offers a valuable opportunity for the development of the rugby game in this country and we are proud to be associated with its success.” said Oduor as he emphasized UAP’s commitment to the tournament.
He explained that the attributes of rugby such as strength, endurance and personal development are similar to those of UAP which focuses on making the life of customers better.
KRU Vice Chair Alexander Mutai and UAP’s Michael Oduor
The Kenya Rugby Union was represented by Vice Chairman Sasha Mutai, who received the sponsorship on behalf of the tournament organizers and expressed his gratitude to UAP for their continued support of the tournament and the game of rugby in general. Also in attendance was the Tournament Director Herbert Mwachiro, who echoed Mutai’s sentiments
The 2012 edition of the tournament is scheduled to start on Saturday May 5th at RFUEA grounds in Nairobi and will run until 2nd June when the final takes place at the same venue.Other venues hosting the tournament are Nakuru, Mumias, Kampala and Mombasa.
UAP Rhinos are the defending champions. Other teams taking part include the SDV Transami Cheetahs, Mumias Sugar Buffaloes, Nguvu Sharks, Lions and the two Ugandan sides Rwenzori and Victoria.