Uganda continues preps for World Cross Country championships


Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) has named three men and women runners to represent the country at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017.

The athletes were picked after the National relay athletes training after Saturday’s trials at Kololo Independence Grounds. They ran a distance of 2km.

The team will be representing Uganda in the mixed relays at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017 that is due at the same venue March 26, 2017.

The male athletes include Ronald Musagala, Geoffrey Ruto and Abu Mayanja while the women are Dorcus Ajok, Winnie Nanyondo and Esther Chebet.


The training events of the day that included 150m, 300m, 600m, 1600m and field events among others aimed at testing and building athlete’s early season endurance and strength.

Kampala will be the fourth African city in the history of the IAAF World Cross Championships to host the tournament after Guiyang of China passed the baton in 2015.

The winner of the 2017 Kampala IAAF World Cross Country Championships will walk away with $30,000 (Ugx105 million).

UAF intensifies preps for IAAF Cross Country, moves squad to Kapchorwa

The Uganda Athletics Federation has named a national team of 32 athletes and moved them for residential camp in Kapchorwa as the runners prepare to represent the country at the World Cross Country due at Kololo Independence Ground on March 26, 2017.

The federation’s technical wing agreed in a meeting agreed to pick the team basing on individual performances during last weekend’s National Cross Country Championships hosted at the Kololo ground in Kampala City.

The national team residential camp has been moved to Kapchorwa from the earlier one in Bukwo that had a squad of 50 athletes.

Uganda Athletics Federation wanted the athletes to be near the capital city for easy management of the team.

Bukwo requires a full day to travel to and from Kampala because of the poor road network.

A team of five coaches will manage the team and select the best six runners in junior and senior men and women categories to make the final team entry by March 13, 2017 as required by   IAAF.

According to the IAAF Cross Country competition rules, a participating country is free to enter a maximum team of eight runners per category, however, six start and only four score.  

The National Cross Country championships which had IAAF technical officials in attendance, was also a   test event to showcase Uganda’s readiness to host the World Cross Country Championships due in March this year.

National Team Selection:

Junior Women: 1. Peruth Chemutai, 2. Janat Chemusto, 3. Esther Chekwemoi, 4. Sarah Chelangat, 5. Scallett Chemos, 6. Adha Mungureya, 7. Joy Cheptoek, 8. Bena Sukuku

Junior Men: 1.  Jacob Kiplimo, 2. Titus Kwemoi, 3. Victor Kiplangat, 4. Elisha Chemutai, 5. Kevin Kibet, 6. Mathew Chepkurui, 7. Abel Chebet, 8. Anthony Ayeko

Senior Women: 1.  Mercyline Chelangat, 2. Rachael Chebet, 3. Dorcus Ajok, 4. Doreen Chesang, 5. Doreen Chemutai, 6. Annet Chebet, 7. Emily Chebet, 8. Stella Chesang

Senior Men: 1. Joshua Cheptegei, 2. Philip Kipyeko, 3. Abdalla Mande, 4. Timothy Toroitich, 5. Stephen Kipotich, 6. Stephen Kissa, 7.  Fred Musobo, 8. Mande Bushendich 

Fifty Countries already registered for IAAF World Country, more expected

Over 50 countries have so far confirmed that they will be travelling to Kampala for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017. 

Local Organising Committee secretary Beatrice Ayikoru is optimistic the numbers surge up with many last minute entries.

African country that have confirmed participation include Gambia, Morocco, Algeria, Comoros, Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and hosts Uganda.

Other countries outside Africa include Iraq, Great Britain, Japan, Canada, China, Australia, Brazil, Peru, France, Spain, Italy and Sri Lanka.

The IAAF World Cross Country Championships 2017 is due March 26 at Kololo Independence Ground.

IAAF delegates to inspect Kololo for Cross Country

The national cross country championships at Kololo Independence Grounds due January 14, 2017 will start at 1pm.

It will also be a test event for the IAAF World Cross Country championships Kampala 2017, March 26 at the same venue.

Therefore a team of International federation IAAF officials will continue to inspect the grounds until the event is held.

IAAF World Cross Country championships and IAAF staff who are expected in to country to understudy Uganda’s preparations to host the event include

Carlos Cardoso – Technical Delegate

Siddig Ibrahim – Deputy Technical Delegate

Carlo De > Angeli – Head of Operations

Luis Saladie – Head of Competition Management

Frederic Sanchez – Broadcasting

Anna Legnani – Press Delegate


Lavinia Maffia – Media Operations Manager

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