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Safaricom Sevens gets Sarova boost

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Nairobi, Kenya 22 August – Sarova Panafric has renewed its partnership with the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) that will see it serve as the official tournament hotel for the 17th Safaricom Sevens.

Under the partnership, Ksh 1.5 million will go towards hospitality at the event as well as accommodation of various teams.

While receiving the sponsorship cheque Wednesday, KRU Chairman Mwangi Muthee thanked Sarova for their renewed commitment.

“Many players from all over the world have fond memories of Panafric. The 2012 Safaricom Sevens will be bigger and better than last year. The teething problems we experienced last year have helped us improve. I call upon all rugby lovers to come and support their brand new, re- energized team as this is the last chance to see them in action before they head off to the HSBC Sevens World Series.”

Safaricom Sevens Organizing Committee chairman Sasha Mutai, who is also the KRU Vice Chairman, welcomed the sponsorship.

“We are particularly grateful to the Sarova Panafric’s management for agreeing to partner with us in our bid to make the Safaricom Sevens a world class event. Offering world class accommodation is a step in the right direction and we look forward to maintaining our long, fruitful association with your establishment.”

Commenting on the partnership, Sarova Panafric’s General Manager Anthony Ngunga acknowledged the combination of sports and hospitality thus their support.

“There is a natural interdependence between sports and the hospitality industry and as a result, Sarova Panafric has gone beyond to exemplify this by supporting local sports and athletes.”

He further stated, “the Safaricom Sevens is an opportunity to celebrate the contribution of the sport to our country, as well as to show appreciation to the veterans that crown our country through exciting and meaningful kick-off events.”

In its 17th successive year, the tournament will be held from 21st to 23rd September at the Nyayo National Stadium.

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