Government Release UGX860 Million For IAAF World Cross Country

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Dominic Otuchet, President of the Uganda Athletics Federation UAF told URN on Monday that the government has released the money for early preparations before the event takes place on March 23 at the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds.

The government has released UGX860 million towards preparations for the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championship to take place in Kampala.

Dominic Otuchet, President of the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) told URN on Monday that the government has released the money for early preparations before the event takes place on March 23 at the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds.

"This money was needed early to pay for accommodation for athletes, technical team and members of the IAAF who will be traveling to Kampala," said a delighted Otuchet. The Ugandan government is expected to add over  UGX3 billion more, while the IAAF will also cater for other costs towards the Championship.

In March the UAF had complained that they were behind schedule because the government was slow in releasing funds for early preparations and planning.

Last year Uganda beat Bahrain for the honor of hosting the biennial event. Over 700 athletes and hundreds of journalists are expected to attend.

Uganda has become one of the giants in athletics together with Kenya, Ethiopia and Eritrea in the African continent. Stephen Kiprotich won Uganda a marathon gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.