A team of eleven Ugandan athletes has been flagged off to the IAAF World athletics championships that will be held in Beijing, China.
National council of sports general secretary Jasper Aligawesa flagged off the team that is captained by Moscow IAAF marathon and Olympic Marathon gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich.
During the flag-off, Aligawesa asked the athletes to make sure that they raise the Ugandan flag high at the championship. .
“We are so proud that youre representatives of Uganda in China, try your efforts to see that you are not mere representatives but athletes who are going to fight for our pride and in this we expect a lot in you and we wish you the best,” said Aligawesa.
Being the only lady on the team Juliet Chekwel was named the assistant captain of the team and has promised to perform to the expectation during the championships which start on 22nd August.
The marathon (IAAF) defending champion Stephen Kiprotich is expected to have an impressive performance since he has been training well.
“I know it is going to be the toughest World Championship because you expect many big names in such events but I think I have prepared to my best and I promise to put up a good show,” Kiprotich said.
Kiprotich will compete in the marathon alongside a duo of other Ugandans Abraham Kiplimo and Jackson Kiprop, who were part of Team Uganda at the previous World Championships.
The IAAF World Championship starts this Saturday 22nd August 2015.
Uganda team: Stephen Kiprotich, Abraham Kiplimo, Solomon Mutai and Jackson Kiprop (marathon), Joshua Cheptegei, Timothy Toroitich and Moses Kibet (10000m), Philip Kipyeko (5000m), Benjamin Kiplagat (3000mSC), Ronald Musagala (1500m) and Juliet Chekwel, the only female competing in the 10000m.