Kampala, Uganda is in high gear to host the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. Uganda won the bid to host the games, to return the edition to Africa after over a decade. The last edition of the championships hosted in Africa was in Mombasa, Kenya. Uganda has been undergoing preparations for the games since 2014. The games are scheduled to take place on the 26th of March 2017. Thumbs up from the IAAF team that has been monitoring the plans and preparations by Uganda shows that the country is ready to host the championships. The Local Organisation Committee for the Kampala games is headed by Hon. Charles Bakabulindi the minister in charge of sports in the Uganda government. The minister who was also at the helm of Uganda’s bid success as he led the team together with delegates from the local athletes’ body. The team presented a very extraordinary bid that was backed by presidential and government support, as well as the National high Altitude Centre in north east Uganda that is believed to have the capabilities to train amazing talent when dully completed.
The IAAF World Cross Country Championships; Kampala 2017 presents a good chance for sports tourism as one of the products of the tourism sector but also good for the tourism sector. With Kenya also hosting the IAAF World Youth Championships, we expect more of these events to come to Africa more often. With Africa having played host to the World Cup in 2010 and Kenya and South Africa in bid to host future Olympics, Africa is opening itself to the world. It has seen many hotels and other partners come in to sponsor the event. Athletes also will have the opportunity to enjoy other tourist attractions in the country like the national parks with a wide range of flora and fauna.
The IAAF Championships in Kampala is the beginning and Uganda has truly started a journey one destined to yield fruits.