KAMPALA, (Xinhua) --
Athletes have started arriving in Uganda ahead of
the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)
World Cross Country Championship scheduled to take place here on
Team Australia is
the first to arrive ahead of the event which takes place in the
“The 23-man team of
Australia has arrived and we expected the U.S. team to be here
on Tuesday night,” Beatrice Ayikoru, secretary general Uganda
Athletics Federation told Xinhua in an interview on Tuesday.
and regions have entered the event which will have 553 athletes
taking part in.
The event will
attract both senior and junior athletes.
Ethiopia are the
defending champions of the senior team events, while Kenya
dominated the individual events in the last championship in
Uganda’s team to be
captained by Timothy Toroitich will also have 2012 Olympics
marathon gold medal winner Stephen Kiprotich.
A total of 310,000
U.S. dollars cash prizes await the leading runners in the senior
races at the biennial event, which is the oldest event in the
IAAF world series.
59 countries and regions set
for World Cross Country Championship in Uganda
KAMPALA, March 22 (Xinhua) --
Fifty-nine countries and regions have
entered to take part in the 2017 International Association of
Athletics Federations World Cross Country Championship scheduled
to take place here over this weekend.
secretary general of the Uganda Athletics Federation told Xinhua
on Tuesday that after the final closing date, they have now
confirmed 59 nations and regions and 553 athletes in total.
Emirates had shown interest but they did not submit their final
entry, while Iraq had confirmed but did not make the final
entry. Egypt and Cameroon that were not in the preliminary entry
also entered,” said Ayikoru.
The event scheduled
for March 26 will attract both senior and junior athletes.
Ayikoru said Uganda
will field a strong team because they must ensure the medals
remain at home. The hosts expect stiff competition from the
likes of Kenya, Ethiopia and Eritrea which have world stars.