No Venue, UAF Cancels Another Athletics Competition

The Uganda Athletics Federation has once again cancelled the Track and Field Competition which was due this weekend in Kampala.

This marks the second competition in a row on the UAF 2021 calendar to be canceled owing to lack of competition venue.

The first one which was scheduled for January 23, was also called off since Namboole was turned into a Covid19 hospital.

The canceled 2nd UAF Trial competition was to be the second on UAF 2021 calendar season since the resumption of sports activities that were hampered last year by the outbreak of the global COVID 19 pandemic.

The unfortunate cancellation of the two track and field competition comes in the wake of looming Tokyo 2020 Olympics just at the corner, World Junior Championships, World Indoor Championships, Africa Senior Championships among others.

Efforts by UAF last week to secure the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole and Kyambogo University grass track have been futile owing to both facilities being used by government.

The other alternatives, Makerere University is unsuitable and ISU tartan track is inaccessible, UAF has stated.

UAF has no option but to cancel the competition and now focus on the upcoming National Cross Country Championships due in Tororo on February 13, 2021.

The statement from UAF adds: “The federation is aware the cancellation of the two track and field competitions is a very big blow to athletes preparations for the Olympics and build up to the other international competitions.

“UAF is however engaging the responsible government authorities over the matter.”

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