The Joshua Cheptegei Development Foundation (JOCDEF) Athletics Club qualified a total of 7 athletes out of the 12 for both the junior men and women teams to represent Uganda at the weekend’s 44th World Cross Country Championships. The group that went through a series of demanding national trials and intense training, a month of intense hard work residential training has finally paid off but the championship awaits come Saturday at the Mount Panorama circuit in Bathurst, Australia.
It remains unfortunate that two of the boys on the junior men’s team were unable to travel due to visa issues. Despite the setback, the remaining five members have promised to persevere and plan on showcasing the best of their nation’s talent in the competition.
The team has already received tremendous levels of support from the public including the recent Hon. Minister of States – Hon. Peter Ogwang visit to the residential camp with dignitaries including celebrated sports commentator; Rob Walker, Uganda Tourism and National Council of Sports, cheering them on with pride.
Team Uganda led by JOCDEF patron and selected captain; Joshua Cheptegei; also a defending champion from the last World Cross Country Championship edition in Aarhus, Denmark left for Australia in batches from last Sunday.
The youngsters include;
Cherop Charity (16 yrs)
Chekwemoi Felister (16 yrs)
Chebet Peace (16 yrs)
Kiprop Kenneth (18 yrs)
Yeko Bantalin (16 yrs)
Kibet Allan (18 yrs) – Out/Visa issue
Chelogoi Fab (18 yrs) – Out/Visa issue