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EVENT: 2017 World Cross Country Championships

HOST: Kampala, UGANDA

VENUE: Kololo Independence Ground

WHEN: Under way

KAMPALA - The 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championships got officially under way at Kololo Independence Ground.

The event was declared officially opened by Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni.

On a warm Sunday afternoon, the president had arrived to a huge applause from the crowd accompanied by his wife Janet.

Minister for Kampala Beti Olive Kamya is also present.

Several high-profile people, including IAAF president Sebastian Coe, are at Kololo to watch teams from 58 nations across the world compete in the afternoon races.

Both foreign and local media are at the venue for this high-profile sporting event, hosted by Uganda for the very first time.

As soon as President Museveni and his wife were led to where they would be sitting, the national anthem was sung.

Thereafter, the 59 participating nations were introduced before the large crowd while their respective flags displayed.

While athletics powerhouse Kenya's introduction received significant cheers from the ubiquitous Kenyan crowd, hosts Uganda's was the loudest.

Ethiopia, another country known to produce some of the finest long-distance runners in the world, also has huge representation.

Stephen Kiprotich, an Olympic marathon champion, is captaining Team Uganda.

In her brief address, education and sports minister Janet Museveni welcomed everyone to the event, which Uganda is hosting as only the fourth African nation to do so.

Morocco, South Africa and neighbours Kenya are the other countries to  have hosted the event.