The World Athletics Half Marathon Championships Gdynia 2020 was originally scheduled for March 29th 2020 in the northern Polish Baltic Coast City in Poland but was postponed to October 17, 2020, due to the Corona Virus outbreak.
Joshua Cheptegei after breaking 10,000m world record in Valencia. Courtsey picture
Joshua Cheptegei will lead Team Uganda for top honors at the
World Half Marathon Championships after setting the new 10,000-meter record in
Valencia. A press statement issued by the Uganda Athletics Federation, says the
team of eight will fly from Entebbe Airport around 11.50 pm on Wednesday aboard KLM.
The male team comprises Jacob Kiplimo, Abel Chebet and Moses
Kibet. The female team comprises Juliet
Chekwel, Doreen Chesang, Doreen Chemutai and Rachael Zena Chebet. Coaches
Benjamin Njia and Addy Ruiter will be in charge of the team.
The World Athletics Half Marathon Championships Gdynia
2020 was originally scheduled for March 29th 2020 in the northern Polish Baltic
Coast City in Poland but was postponed to October 17, 2020, due to the Corona
Namayo Mawerere, the Publicity Secretary Uganda Athletics
Federation, says Team Uganda has against all odds trained for the championships
and is ready for the games in Poland. “We have trained them and they are ready. They have been training in Kapchorwa and
that’s where we had our Camp for over a month,” Namayo told URN.
the statement, Joshua Cheptegei, Stephen Kissa and Coach Addy Ruiter will join
the team from Europe where they pitched camp for training after the Valencia
historic World Record triumph. In an interview with URN, Mawerere applauded the government
and telecom giant MTN Uganda for facilitating the athletes to boost their
morale to raise Uganda’s flag.
“Uganda government has really come on board. It is providing facilitation, which
we really appreciate and MTN Uganda. This makes the team well-motivated,”
Namayo said. Adding that “What is lacking is general public Support. We
need even the private sector to come on board. We have got products, which are
sellable that can market their companies.”.
Uganda last participated at the 2018 World Half Marathon
in Valencia, Spain with the men’s team finishing 5th and women 16th
position overall. However, Namayo says they expect better results this time