SUCCESS OF 3RD AFRICAN X-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP CAN SECURE UGANDA’S HOSTING OF WORLDS IN 2017

By Norman Katende

KAMPALA, March 12– Success in the holding of the 3rd Africa Cross-Country Championships here this Sunday can help Uganda fulfill its dream of winning the bid to organize the 2017 World Cross-Country Championships.

With the international athletics federation, IAAF, releasing the bid documents for the event, for which Uganda is among the four whose bids were opened, the national athletics federation is looking at using Uganda’s love for the sport as a springboard to up their quest.

“We have received the bid documents and we are going to look through them. How we fare at Sunday’s event will surely give us a great picture of how we will be able to handle this,” said the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) General Secretary, Beatrice Ayikoru, here Monday.

The international body mostly looks at the organizational aspects, accommodation, transport and fan interest as the basis of awarding hosting rights for an event.

“We believe that we have had a good foundation and what is remaining is to encourage the fans to turn up in big numbers,” said Ayikoru.

Athletes from 31 countries will be competing in the biennial African cross-country event.

SOURCE: NEW VISION

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