“The Uganda Athletics Federation had earlier selected a national team of eight athletes (4 women/4 men) during the recent 2021 National Mountain Running Championships in Kapchorwa (Sept 25, 2021) to compete in nations 19.5km course due to be held on October 31, 2021, in Chiavenna, Italy,” Mawerere confirmed.
The development comes after the marathoner’s chances of taking part in the Olympic games had slimmed after finishing fifth at the NN Mission Marathon in Enschede, Netherlands this month where he was bidding to clock the best time better than Chemonges and Fred Musobo who had already qualified
Namayo Mawerere, the UAF publicity secretary said Cheptegei will join other local athletes and others from Kenya in the national Trials. Many of the athletes will be all out to try and hit qualifying times for 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Namayo Mawerere, the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) Publicity Secretary confirmed that the six-man team will have Kiprotich, national Record holder Felix Chemonges, Jackson Kiprop, Victor Kiplangat, Geoffrey Kusuro and Bernard Cheptoch.
The competition that attracted athletes from Kenya and South Sudan saw Police producing five winners and several runners in both men and women competitions well as Prisons had five top performers of the day.
UAF has been struggling to secure Namboole as a venue for the competition. It failed twice to organize the first and second National trails although the third national trails were organized at Uganda Christian University.
In January, the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) called off the First National Track and Field Trials due to the lack of a venue. The event had been scheduled originally at Namboole Stadium or Kyambogo University’s grass track.
“UAF has been forced to cancel the event after hitting a snag over lack of competition venue for the Competition earlier scheduled to take place on January 23 at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole or Kyambogo University grass track as the alternative facility”. Mawerere said
Dominic Otuchet, the President of Uganda Athletics Federation told URN in an interview that the Federation is proud of the achievements they have made in the abnormal year. “Athletics has continued to market Uganda internationally better than any other sport in the country and this qualifies us as the number one golden sport in Uganda,” Otuchet said.