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IAAF officials inspect Kampala 2017 facilities

IAAF officials inspect Kampala 2017 facilities

IAAF has urged Uganda to stage a memorable 41st World Cross-country Championships that is due at Kampala Independence ground on March 26, 2017.

The call came after adelegation led by the IAAF Vice President, Hamad Kalkaba Malboum, inspected the venues and hotels for next year’s event and they were impressed that the Local Organising Committee had not rested but started work (April 23, 2016).

Malboum, who is also the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) president, challenged Ugandan officials to ensure that security, accommodation and the track ground measure up to international standard and promised that such visits will be in the country to help motivate the LOC in hosting a successful event. “We are working together to make the cross country a success and feel free to contact us for any help,” he said.

The officials also held meetings with the Uganda government, including vice president Edward Ssekandi and were impressed by the government’s interest in hosting the event. “If you have the government interested in such an event, then we are positive that it will be successful,” said Malboum.

Speaking to the IAAF officials vice president, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi assured them of government’s support and security for the tournament. “The event is an opportunity as a platform to advertise Uganda’s tourism legacy,” Ssekandi noted.