Ugandan Team Upbeat Ahead of World Cross Country Championships

The Uganda National Team of athletes is hoping for victory as they set off for the World Cross Country Championships.

The contingent of 28 athletes and three officials has been undergoing training at Trinity Biblical Institute in Kapchorwa from January 11 to February 12, 2023. It comprises 12 junior men and women, 12 Senior Men and Women Category and 4 athletes for the Mixed Relay race.

They include Joshua Cheptegei (Team Captain), Jacob Kiplimo, Samuel Kibet,  Isaac Kibet Martin Magengo Kiprotich, Stella Chesang,  Prisca Chesang,  Doreen Chesang,  and Annet Chelangat Chemengich, who will be competing in the 10-kilometre senior’s race.

The others are Hosea Chemutai,  Allan Kibet,  Silas Rotich,  Dan Kibet,  Kenneth Kiprop, Peace Chebet,  Feb Chelogoi, Charity Cherop, and Felista Chekwemboiand Risper Cherop who will be competing in the six-kilometre juniors race. Also competing are athletes Ronald Musagala,  Abu Mayanja,  Knight Aciru and Linda Chebet who will feature in the two-kilometre mixed relay.

National Coach Benjamin Njia tasked told URN that after a month of training, the team has greatly improved

Joshua Cheptegei, the national team captain says he expects a great performance from the entire team.

“This game is a teamwork competition and since we’ve been training together as a team, there is hope that we shall have an impressive performance at the hotly contested event”. Says Cheptegei.

Stella Chesang, the 2018 Commonwealth gold medalist, who is part of the contingent says, cross country is the favourite event for Uganda’s athletes and good performance is a possibility.

The 2023 World Athletics Cross Country Championships will take place on February 18, in Bathurst, Australia. It will be the event’s 44th edition and the second time after Auckland in 1988 that the championships will take place in Oceania.

The event was postponed from 2021 to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and later pushed to 2023  due to Australian travel restrictions. It has attracted op countries in the history of long-distance running like Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Eritrea.

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