ATHLETICS: Cheptegei to lead Police runners team

The Uganda Police athletics team that will be out to defend their national cross-country championships title will be led by runner Joshua Cheptegei.

Cheptegei is the reigning Africa cross-country junior and IAAF world junior champion.

The national cross-country championship is in preparations to strengthen the athletes for the Kampala IAAF World Cross Country Championship in March 23, 2017 at Kololo Ceremonial grounds.

Cheptegei will lead the other runners who include Mande Abdallah, Moses Kurong, Jacob Araptany, Alex Cherop and Nathan Ayeko in the seniors’ category for Police.

Their junior men’s category will have Elisha Chemutai, Abel Chebet, and Martin Musau.

Stella Chesang, Mercyline Chelangat, Patricia Chekwemoi and Prim Twikirize are in the senior women category.

More Ugandan athletes from other clubs are yet expected to register for the national cross country if they should have chances to secure slots for the global event in Kampala.

Registration deadline for all clubs for the national cross-country championship is Monday January 9, 2017 at 12:00.

In November 19, 2014, Team Uganda beat Bahrain to the hosting right of the biennial event is expected to attract over 700 athletes and 200 journalists across the world.


The last time an IAAF World Cross Country Championship event came to Africa was in Mombasa, Kenya in 2007.

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No athlete will want to miss it and a strong team of 35 Ugandan runners are gearing for the National Cross Country Championships in Kampala in January to give themselves the ticket for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships 2017 here.

Indeed, Uganda Athletics Federation is using the championship to select a team that will represent Uganda at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017.

Top runners who include Timothy Toroitich, Joshua Cheptegei, Jacob Araptany, Philip Kiplimo among others are at the high altitude camp in Bukwo under watchful eyes of national head coach Benjamin Longiros.

The athletes are fighting to excel at the National Championship on January 14 at Kololo Independence Ground and book a slot in the World event at the same ground in March.

Over 80 countries and 700 athletes are expected to grace the World Cross Country Championships on March 26, 2017 at Kololo Independence Ground.

There is an equivalent of Ush1400,000,000 cash package in place for winners in the relays and the senior men and senior women individual and team categories to share.

The Local Organising Committee hopes to use the National Cross Country Championships as a mock event for the IAAF Championship.

As such the committee will on Wednesday December 28, 2016 take interested media personnel through update inspection of the course.

IAAF had recommended remodeling and modernization of the course to suit the international standards.

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Uganda People’s Defense Forces are remodeling and marking athletics course for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017.

The Championships is due March 26, 2017 at Kololo Independence Grounds.

Over 700 athletes from across the globe are expected to compete at the biennial event, which is the oldest event in the IAAF world series.

Head of competition at the event Faustino Kiwa supervised the first exercise on Wednesday and is expected to conclude by January 10, 2017.

The course will also be used by the Uganda Athletics Federation in January 14, 2017 for the national cross country championship team that will represent Uganda at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in March.


Wednesday morning, the media was taken around the course that will be modernized that will have elevations, depression and obstacles to make it more challenging.

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