In Uganda, the Turkish Embassy celebrated the National Day of May 19 on Wednesday with various sporting activities in the country.
The full name of the May 19 holiday is Ataturk, Youth and Sports Memorial Day. It originally marks the date that Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of modern Turkey, arrived in the northern city of Samsun in 1919 to mobilize support for his fight for the country’s independence in amid the impending collapse of the Ottoman Empire.
On May 19, Atatürk dedicated the Youth and Sports Day to Turkish youth, a national holiday where young people organize sports and cultural activities.
Turkish Ambassador to Uganda Fikret Kerem Alp took the opportunity to kick off the National Youth Council Football Tournament, an elite playoff series created to provide a platform for football teams to s ‘face at different levels. The Turkish Embassy in Uganda will crown the winners and send them to Turkey for the matches.
“Our ancestors left behind a legacy of love, respect and compassion. Neither colonialism, exploitation, oppression, nor any other shame exists in our nation’s record. Therefore, the people Turkish through this tournament, will prepare the talent and create a platform for those who are excellent in football to continue at a professional level, “said Alp.
Youth and Children Minister Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi said the tournament marks the start of an intergovernmental partnership in the field of sport and employment between Turkey and Uganda.
Turkey’s state aid agency, the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), will provide jerseys for the teams, said Yahya Acu, coordinator of TIKA in Uganda.