Sheraton, Imperial Royale and Hotel Africana are gearing to host some of the world’s best long distance athletes and officials next March.
The International athletics governing body IAAF officials, led by IAAF Competitions Director Paul Hardy, yesterday confirmed the three hotels had got the nod, saying their wide accommodative space and swimming pools were ideal for athletes.
IAAF Vice President Hamad Kalkaba Malboum and his visiting technical team was impressed with the preparations and the topography generally. He handed over the IAAF flag to the Jennifer Musisi as a confirmatory symbol that Uganda will host the 2017 World Cross Country Championships.
Uganda won the vote to host the championships after Uganda Athletics Federation, Kampala Capital City Authority and Ministry of Education and Sports submitted their interest to host the Championships.
Kampala will host over 500 athletes from different countries in the World Cross Country Championships in March.
Kampala Capital City Authority Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi expressed gratitude towards IAAF delegation for accepting Uganda to host the Championships. “We are prepared to host the event because it means a lot to us; Uganda will become famous, it will attract tourists and also make money for us.”
“Uganda has never hosted such an event. Fortunately our athletes are prepared and we hope we win many medals.”