UAF Makes Regional Cross Country Mandatory For Athletes

The Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) has made regional cross country mandatory for athletes who are to compete at the National Cross Country Championships.

Benjamin Njia, the Uganda Athletics Federation National coach and Vice President – Technical, says the championship is meant to submit the preliminary entry list for athletes to World Athletics, the organizer of World Cross Country Championships.

According to Njia, an athlete who doesn’t participate in the regional event will automatically be barred from taking part in the final National Cross country, the event which will be used to select the final National team.

“It’s the same preliminary entry system submitted to World Athletics that will be used in the National Cross Country, so if the athlete’s name doesn’t appear then it is useless for them to participate,” Njia told URN in Kapchorwa.

He says, the regional cross country championships will be held on November 26th in Tuban, Kapchorwa District.

Njia explains that all the athletes, including top Ugandan stars, like Joshua Cheptegei, Jacob Kiplimo, Peruth Chemutai are obligated to take part in the event to allow them take part in the National Cross Country Championships slated for December 10th in Tororo Golf Course.

The national cross country championships will be the final event to select the team that will represent Uganda at the World Cross Country Championships slated for February 18th in Australia.

The race category for this year’s cross country, include 6 and 8km for junior category and 10km for senior men and woman respectively.

Athletes are in their final preparations ahead of the competitions.

Jacob Kiplimo, the reigning world half marathon world champion, told URN that, he’s excited to take part in the event hosted around his training area.

Peruth Chemutai, the Olympic Champion, says it’s an opportunity for the local community to see their own compete at home.

“I am sure the community will be so excited seeing me run at home,” says Chemutai.

Peter Chelangat, the coach for Rosa Associate Management agency, says the training schedules that the athletes are following were aimed at registering great performance at the event.

“Our training sessions are planned and aimed at the event,” says Chelangat.

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