Former world record holder who two weeks ago was appointed the IAAF World Cross Country ambassador, has declared Kampala is ready to host the 2017 World Cross Country Championships, after touring the remodeled Kololo Ceremonial Grounds in Kampala, Uganda.
Tergat, who is in Uganda to promote the event and legacy programme (Greening Project), was pleased when he was taken through the course and found it at 90% completion.
During the course inspection that was led by the event competition director Faustino Kiwa in the company of host city director for education and sport Juliet Namuddu and her deputy Ambrose Atwoko.
“This is very fine. It is not that flat course that we hear you used for the Africa Cross Country Championships in 2014,” said Tergat.
The five-time World Cross Country champion and former world record holder won the world cross country titles from 1995-1999 in the senior men’s 12km category and he is among the three athletes to have won the event five times and more.
He first won the title in Durham, United Kingdom in 1995 and followed it up with four other consecutive wins in Stellenbosch, South Africa (1996), Turin, Italy (19970, Marakech, Morocco (1998) and Belfast (1999).
The other two are Kenya’s John Ngugi, who won the title a record four consecutive times between 1986 and 1989 and returned in 1992 to complete the fifth crown and Ethiopian KeninisaBekele, who ruled the event in for six years thus: (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008). Another Kenyan, William Sigei won it twice in 1993 and 1994.
“It is a good challenging course with so many obstacles that will give a great scene to the spectators and a great run to the athletes, said the Kenyan legend.
The course which has has two natural uphill with a manmade depression and uphill added. It will also have six more 0.5m obstacles to make it challenging.
“What is remaining is the few general things that are always completed in the last days. I am impressed with it. We are ready to go,” Tergat concluded.