Uganda: BBC to Cast Akii Bua Documentary


The BBC is making a documentary about Uganda's only Olympic gold medallist John Akii Bua, which will be aired just before the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

The documentary titled "Looking for John" comes after Akii Bua's former coach Malcom Arnold released the diaries the hurdler handed to him in 1981, according to Crispin Buxton, one of the producers. Akii Bua, who won the 400mH medal at the Munich 1972 Games with a world record 47.86 seconds, passed away in 1997.

Dan Gordon is the cameraman while David Moore is the associate producer of the 90-minute documentary. It will be produced by London-based 'Very Much So' and 'Passion Pictures' productions. Shooting will start June 9 with the 9th edition of the Akii Bua memorial meet due in Kampala.

New Vision (Kampala), 16 May 2007