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Teams start arriving for World Cross
Country Championship in Uganda 

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 March 26.

Team Australia is the first to arrive ahead of the event which takes place in the capital Kampala.

“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.

Fifty-nine countries 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 Guiyang, China.

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.

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UPDATE:

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.

Beatrice Ayikoru, 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.

“United Arab 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.

             

 

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