Uganda has confirmed a National team of Six runners to compete at Nairobi World Athletics Tour Gold slated for Saturday 3rd October.
The Uganda team comprises of Men – Abel Sikowo (3000mSC), Oscar Chelimo (5000m), Samuel Kibet (5000m) and Women – Leni Shida(200m/400m), Peruth Chemutai (3000mSC), and Sarah Chelangat (5000m).
Uganda had earlier sent a team list of ten runners who included Pius Adome (200m), Tarsis Orogot (200m/400m), Benson Okot (200m/400m), and Matthew Chepkwirui (5000m) but the competition organizers considered only six.
It is envisaged that Nairobi will host over 300 athletes from 50 different countries during the event hosted at Nyayo stadium (1700m above Sea level).
The Nairobi tour will feature three categories of events which include Core (200m/3000mSC), discretional (400m/800m, 1500m/5000m) and National (strictly for Kenyan athletes) for the one-day competition.
Apart from the World Tour offering platform for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, the Ugandan athletes will also contest for the total prize money purse of USD 200,000 for the top performers.
World Athletics (WA) last November launched a series of the world’s best one-day meetings outside the Diamond League.
The World Athletics Continental Tour is a series of meetings divided into Gold, Silver, and Bronze classifications, with the quality of competition and prize money on offer dictating such classification.