Cross country course excites minister
Uganda State sports minister and Local Organising Committee head Charles Bakkabulindi is excited with the course for the 42nd IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017. The event is set for Kololo Independence Grounds on March 26, 2017.
Bakkabulindi made the comment after being taken around the course during a brief inspection to see how the technical team was going on with the works and was impressed, most especially the places that have been greened. Deputy technical director Paul Okello, together with event manager Aggrey Kagonyera and secretary to the Local Organising Committee Beatrice Ayikoru briefed the minister as he inspected the venue.
“This is great. It is all green. It has been tough but we have done it and I am 100% sure that the athletes will enjoy the course. Now we have reason to really say that we are going to have a real green cross country,” he said.
The challenging course has been developed to have both natural and manmade uphill which give the runners a clear view of Kampala City as they negotiate to battle for the cross country honours.
This year’s cross country is the biggest cross country in over ten years having attracted 60 countries and 557 athletes as final registration closed on Wednesday. Teams start arriving in the country for the event on Monday.