A total of 553 athletes from 59 countries will compete in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017.

Only UAE, Iraq and Turkmenistan which had confirmed participation are not among the countries while Egypt and Cameroon that were not among the preliminary entries are now on.

Uganda will have 33 male and female athletes competing, USA has entered 28 athletes, Eritrea 25, , Kenya and Ethiopia have entered 30 athletes, Canada 23 among other countries.


The final entry list will be approved after the technical meeting at Kololo Independence Grounds at 4:00pm on the eve of the competition March 25, 2017.

State minister for Sports Bakkabulindi flanked by NCS chairman Bosco Onyik and General Secretary Nicholas Muramagi flags off the National Basketball teams to Egypt.

National Council of Sports has given the men and women national basketball teams 32 air tickets worth shillings 80 million to allow them travel for the FIBA Africa Zone V Afrobasket Qualifiers in Cairo, Egypt.

The Uganda Gazelles and Silverbacks fly out to Cairo early Friday ahead of the tournament between March 12-18.

NCS chairman Bosco Onyik announced the support saying it is because Federations of Uganda Basketball Association (FUBA) is well organized as well as producing good performances.

The team was flagged off by the state minister for sports Charles Bakkabulindi at NCS offices in Lugogo Thursday afternoon.

He advised the contingent to ensure that Uganda performs well and ease restoration of memorandum of understanding between the two governments to promote sports.

NCS had offered part of the FUBA budget of ($33, 000) but was forced to come in to give full support because the federation had failed to raise the rest of the money.

FUBA president Ambrose Tashobya appreciated NCS saying that without the support, they had failed to take the teams for the tournament.

NCS general secretary Nicholas Muramagi said that the gesture was the beginning of their new policy to fund performing associations/federations in Ugandan sports.



CoRSU CEO Malcolm hands over to NCS HR Tito

CoRSU Hospital has donated 140 boxes of wrist braces, elbow, ankle and thumb and knee stabilizers to National Council of Sports (NCS).

The equipment will be extended to different sports federations and associations in Uganda to address issues of injuries to the players.

While receiving the equipment, NCS Human Resource officer Tito, CoRSU Chief Executive Officer Simpson Malcolm said that the donation was part of their contribution to address the rampant problem of injury among Ugandan sports men and women.   

Tito said that through the compliant national federations and associations, NCS will distribute the donation to athletes who deserve to benefit from it.

CoRSU with the help of University of British Columbia Sports Medicine Clinic in Canada and NCS will organize a two-day course on how to handle injured players.

The course will be for coaches, nurses, physiotherapists and any other medical officers involved in support of teams and individual athletes.

NCS and CoRSU have continued to work together in a bid to address the problem of injury among sports men and women in Uganda.

Last year CoRSU and NCS held a one day course for nine physicians, 15 physiotherapists, eight coaches and six sports administrators among nurses and nutritionists to improve on the situation of sportsmen and women in Uganda.

L-R Murushid Juuko, Ochaya Joseph and Denis Iguma in control of a dangerous situation against a Botswana player.

After an international friendly match with Kenya’s Harambee Stars on March 21, Uganda Cranes will play the French Military team at the Nelson Mandela National Stadium, Namboole on March 25.

The match by the French mission will be of activities that include music, culture, food, wildlife and sport to celebrate the France – Uganda friendship week 2017.

The week is scheduled for March 18th to 25th 2017.


Kampala is set to attract one of the biggest number of athletes to take part in this year’s IAAF World Cross Country Championships on March 26.

About 600 athletes from 54 member federations are set to compete. This is the highest number of countries represented at the Championships since 2009.

Host Uganda is also expected to wage a strong battle for both individual and team crowns.

The hosts, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Bahrain, Turkey, the United States, Japan, Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Japan and Canada among others tooking up to the D-day in Kampala.

The eight-kilometre race will be contested by teams composed of two men and two women who will each run a two-kilometre loop, in any order.

The Kampala event will be the first one in which the senior women will race the same distance as the senior men.

Kenyan former world marathon champion Paul Tergat, is the IAAF Ambassador for the World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017.

Tergat is the ambassador

The five-time world cross country winner was appointed by the world governing body, IAAF for the event slated for 26 March, 2017.

Tergat during his days

Tergat will visit schools, participate in a legacy programme, address a press conference and engage in media interviews in a bid to promote the Cross Country.

The Local Organising Committee will release a full programme for IAAF World Cross Country ambassador’s visit to Uganda at Kololo Independence Grounds tomorrow Tuesday 28 February, 2017.


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