Uganda will host its biggest sporting event ever - the IAAF World Cross-country Championships - in nine days’ time.
The world’s focus will turn to Kololo Independence ground when nearly 600 runners from 60 teams vie for silverware at the global biennial event.

KCCA, one of the integral bodies as part of the event’s Local Organising Committee (LOC), is in its final preparations as the big event looms. Working with a Shs1.5b, the capital city’s governing body is set to light up Kampala with unique branding.

“Physical planning directorate and other teams have pulled ends together to have a successful event thus far,” KCCA Director of Education and Social Services Juliet Namuddu told the press at a press conference held at City Hall yesterday.

“We shall have posters for IAAF Kampala 2017 along the route from Entebbe to Kampala with flags of all participating countries,” she stressed. “Those will have messages to our guests that we are ready to host them.”

Kampala is the fifth African city to host the World x-country after the 1975 edition in Rabat, 1996 in Stellenbosch, 1998 in Marrakech and 2007 in Mombasa.

“We are going to promote this city to the entire world. We don’t want them to come and never want to come back.

“The fact that we are hosts and this event may come back in only 20 or even 50 years from, we want to deliver our best. All the people coming here are going to spend well and our people will benefit.” Namuddu added.