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Uganda wins bid to host World Cross Country

Uganda wins bid to host World Cross Country

Uganda will host the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, the International Association of Athletics Federations Council announced on Tuesday (November 19, 2014).

Team Uganda beat Bahrain to host the biennial event that is set to be held on March 23 at Kololo Ceremonial grounds. The championship is expected to attract over 700 athletes and 200 journalists. The last time an IAAF World Cross Country Championship event came to Africa was in 2007 in Mombasa.


Jubilation erupted in front of the IAAF Council members as soon as the announcement was made.

Team Uganda, which was led by State sports minister Charles Bakkabulindi made a good presentation courtesy of Uganda Athletics Federation secretary, Beatrice Ayikoru and though the results of the actual voting were not announced, it is believed that the bid was overwhelmingly supported by the IAAF Council members.

Bakkabulindi’s input of government’s support, including a pledge by President Yoweri Museveni to offer all shining athletes a monthly stipend as long as they are still active and the building of the National High Altitude centre, which is expected to have the athletics section completed first in Teryet, were some of the strong points that saw Team Uganda win the bid.