National athletics activities that have been centrally organized in Kampala at the Mandela National Stadium for the last three months will now shift attention to upcountry regional championships.
According to the Uganda Athletics Federation season calendar 2018/2019, national activities have been balanced to include six championships organized at regional level.
The regions are Kyabazinga (Busoga), Mayank (West Nile), Central (Buganda), Eastern (Teso, Bugisu, Karamoja, Bukedi and Sebei), Northern (Acholi and Lango) and Western (Kigezi, Ankole, Bunyoro and Tooro) all in courtesy of main sponsors MTN (U) Ltd.
The regional championships are some of the events organized by the federation to assist athletes qualify for international engagements including; the 12th All Africa Games, IAAF World Championships in Athletics and AUUS World University Games due later this year.
The Kyabazinga championships will be hosted at Busoga University ground in Iganga and MAYANK at Zombo on Saturday June 15 while Central Region championships will be held at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.
The regional series conclude on June 29 with Kitgum hosting the Northern region event combined with Arop Memorial Meet and Mbarara for the Western region championships. The Eastern region championships were hosted on June 8, 2019 in Soroti.
The sponsored events will attract athletes from all regions tussling it out for prize awards and seeking for district slots to the National Championships that will climax the track and field season due July 26 – 27, 2019 at Mandela National Stadium.
The aim of the regional championships is to take athletics to the grass-root level and use it as a vehicle to spot talent and also market the sport of Athletics upcountry.