Deputy Director of Communications for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Anna Legnani is visited Uganda to check on the progress on the forthcoming World Cross Country Championships that will be held in Kampala from March next year.
Legnani was on a two-day working paid the visit to Kololo Independence ground the venue for global event that will be held in March 2017.
“It has been wonderful,” Legnani said. “The people of Uganda are welcoming and it is important that they are taking the preparations for the World x-country serious,” she said.
It is not Legnani’s first visit to East Africa. In 2007, she was in Mombasa for the same event. She reckons Kololo has some better things.
“The weather here is better. And the pavilion stand in Kololo means we will not be setting up so many temporary structures,” Legnani remarked.
“So that means we will cut on the costs in the area as the stand can be used for the media among other things.”
But Kololo must beat Mombasa to some other aspects. “Mombasa has huge crowds that turned up for the event. I hope Kampala does the same in March.”
Legnani visited Kololo, checking out on the progress of the course. “The works process is going on well. We expect some more grass to be planted by January,” the Italian noted.
She will return to Kampala on January 14 for the World x-country test event which doubles as the National Cross-country championships.
Uganda national team has been in camp since November 4 with females at Arua Athletics club camp in Kapkoros while the males at Standard High in Amanang.