Uganda is to host the 41st International Amateur Athletic World Cross Country Marathon in Kampala organised by International Amateur Athletic Federation in March next year.
The event to be held on March 26th 2017 is expected to boost Uganda’s image and tourism will attract over 5000 athletes, sports personnel, tourists and spectators from over 100 countries and estimated to cost close to 9 billion shillings.
The Vice President Edward kiwanuka Ssekandi today inaugurated a twenty member local organising multi-sectoral committee, that will be responsible for the planning and organising and managing of the event with a theme “A Green Cross Country and a People’s Cross Country.”
Speaking during the inauguration of the committee at the National Council of Sports headquarters in Lugogo, Vice President, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi said that the country will benefit from economies of scale in trade, tourism as well as promoting the country on international screens.
The Vice President said that Government will fund the event and called upon corporate companies for support but urged the committee headed by the Minister for Education Science, technology and Sports Jessica Alupo and all stakeholders to put funds to proper use to successfully hold the event which he said will positively market the country.
Uganda beat off stiff competition from Bahrain to win the bid to host the 2017 the World Amateur Athletic Championship which was partly backed by Ugandan’s successful hosting of Africa Cross country Championship Marathon of 2014 in Entebbe.
The inauguration was attended by the Minister for Education, Jessica Alupo, State Minister for Sports Charles Bakabulindi, Secretary General, National Council of Sports, Nicholas Muramagi and President Uganda Athletic Federation Charles Oducet.