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Uganda bids to host World Cross Country Championship

20 November 2014, 10:33

Kampala - Uganda has sent a delegation to Monaco, France for final bidding to host the hosting the 2017 World Cross Country Championship.

Dominic Otuchet, the president Uganda Athletics Federation told Xinhua in an interview here on Tuesday that the delegation which left on Monday was led by Jessica Alupo, minister of education and sports.

Uganda's delegation was in Marrakech, Morocco where they submitted the bid, and the function in France on Tuesday is the final phase.

"We are optimistic we shall be selected to host this Championship because we have what it takes to host a big event," said a confident Otuchet.

The official said if Uganda wins, the capital Kampala would host the event that would attract over 70 countries.

After successfully hosting the Africa Cross Country Championship in March this year, Uganda are confident they can win the bid.

"We have the grounds and Hotels to stage this Championship which will have over 400 participants," Otuchet said.

Uganda is competing against Bahrain, as the two countries that made it to the final stage of the bidding. Kenya who hosted the IAAF World Cross Country Championship in 2007 is the only country in the East African region ever to host this big event.

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- Xinhua


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