Namboole to Host 4th National Trials

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Uganda Athletics Federation, UAF has finally secured Mandela National Stadium, Namboole to host their Fourth Field and Track competitions scheduled this weekend on 27th March 2021. 

The development was confirmed by the Federation’s publicity secretary Namayo Mawerere in a press release. He appreciated the athletics fraternity for crying out loud on the matter.

“Mandela National Stadium, Namboole will host the 4th National track and field competition due this weekend. March 27, 2021, the weekend competition will take place at the Namboole stadium warm-up track thanks to cries from the athletics fraternity over looming Tokyo Olympics qualification hurdles due to lack of international standard athletics facility”. Reads the press release.

UAF has been struggling to secure Namboole as a venue for the competition. It failed twice to organize the first and second National trails although the third national trails were organized at Uganda Christian University.

This came as a result of Namboole being used as a Covid-19 treatment centre.

UAF President Dominic Otuchet, says that for the track and field competitions to take place, the hosting venue must be having a 400m running track with eight lanes and having other facilities for the field events.

The competition will include a total of 24 events that will include 100m, 200m, 800m, 1,500m, 5000m, 10,000m, shot put, discus, javelin, long jump and triple jump.

According to Mawerere, UAF will use an electronic timer as athletes race to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics and other international competitions in line with World Athletics’ requirement for qualification and performance rankings.

The event will be used to qualify athletes for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Africa championship and U-20 World championship. Meanwhile, the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics will begin on23, July 2021 and end on 8, August 2021 while U20 championships are slated for June and August 2021 respectively.

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