Africa Cross Country Championship Postponed for Second Time

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African cross country. Courtsey pictureThe Africa Cross Country Championship has been postponed. 

In a statement by the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) the organizers of the event took the action to postpone the continental event due to Covid-19 concerns in the Togolese capital.

“The 6th edition of the Africa cross-country championships previously planned to take place on 6 and 7 March 2021 in Lomé(Togo) is postponed to a later date, the announcement was made by the Confederation of African Athletics following a request by the Togolese authorities who raised sanitary measures to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic,” read the statement”. reads the statement.

This is the second time the event is being postponed. It was initially planned to be held in March 2020 however it was postponed due to the presidential elections in Togo. 

According to the latest updates in Togo, the country has registered 6,548 Coronavirus cases and 82 deaths.

The postponement however comes as a big blow to the athletes who were preparing to compete at the bi-annual event including Ugandan athletes. Uganda had just finished the National cross country held in Tororo where they used the championship to select those to participate in Africa Cross Country championships.

Uganda Athletics Federation Publicity Secretary Namayo Mawerere says the development comes as a big blow for the Federation since they had already prepared for the event.

“It is confirmed and It’s very disappointing after UAF having selected a national team of 9 athletes and 1 official Tuesday this week”. Mawerere said.