Atheletics

UAF stakes 14m for Akii Bua Meet

USPA Media

Athletes battle it out in the 100m men during the 3rd national trial at Namboole Stadium on Saturday January 6,2018. PHPOTO BY JOHNSON WERE

Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) set aside sh14 million as prize money for winners in the 21st edition of the Akii Bua Memorial Track and Field Meet due June1,2019 at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

The development comes in the wake of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) granting Uganda world ranking status to the Akii Bua Meet.

The prize money is for the top 8 finishers in each of the 10 selected events is expected increase quality of performance, competition and attractiveness of the event.

The reconsidered the 400m hurdles as a special event in memory of Akii Bua Olympic gold and more participants will be invited for the event.

“This year we decided to introduce a dual qualification system that combines both the traditional method of achieving the entry standards and the new World Ranking System, to determine which athletes are eligible for Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 selection,” UAF publicist Namayo Mawerere noted.

Invitation events will have sh13.9m cash prize and sh14.9m will go to open events .

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