5 January 2013

Uganda Eye Bid to Host 2015 World Cross-Country

The national athletics federation is preparing a comprehensive bid that will ensure Uganda hosts the 2015 World cross country Championships. The prestigious international event will follow the 2014 Africa cross country championships that Uganda is slated to host early next year.

In 2010, IAAF president Lamine Diack promised to support Uganda's bid for the prestigious world event. And all that is left now is goverment's pledge to support to the project before the bid is finally presented to the international Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). If Uganda wins the bid, the country will host top international athletes and media from across the world.

"We are finalizing the paperwork. We are looking at the Africa cross country championships as a test of gauging how prepared we are to host the world event. We really wanted to place the bid earlier but we are still waiting for government's approval," said the federation president Dominic Otuchet.

For such a bid to be approved by the international body, the government must first officially approve its support before other requirements that include accommodation and transport are tackled. "We are using different ways to see that we engage the government and get their full backing."

This year's championship will be hosted in Bydgoszcz, Poland. During Stephen Kiprotich's welcome ceremony after the Olympics last year, Presidnet Yoweri Museveni promised to support athletics. He initiated construction of a high altitude centre in Kapchorwa as a training facility for the athletes that should be prepared to beat the world runners when they come to Kampala but the works have slowed down.

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