National athletics team prep for IAAF World Cross-Country Championship

22Mar 2019
Renatha Msungu
The Guardian
National athletics team prep for IAAF World Cross-Country Championship

NATIONAL athletics team’s preparations for the IAAF World Cross-Country Championships, slated for March 30 in Aarhus, Denmark, are in top gear, Athletics Tanzania (AT) has disclosed.

Athletes battle it out in this year’s National Open Athletics Championships at the Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium in Arus. PHOTO: CORRESPONDENT

The squad is currently attending training in Arusha under sponsorship from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA), shaping up for the showpiece.

Wilhelm Gidabuday, AT secretary general, disclosed the preparations are almost complete.

Gidabuday pointed out that processing passports and visas for the athletes had been his association’s major task.

“We appreciate the task, which turned out to be tough, is over. The documents for the remaining batch of athletes have been processed and the athletes have returned to Arusha to attend the drills,” he said.

“Accessing the documents has been a challenging task to our athletes given most of them that are in junior category did not have the passports and other documents that could have smoothen the acquisition of the documents.”

“The situation made it difficult for some of them to complete the process on time, but we have learnt from the whole issue.”

The AT official disclosed his association has opted to continue processing passports for athletes so they can avoid the ordeal in future.

He said the squad is winding up preparations before going for a farewell ceremony in Arusha next week and thereafter travel to Denmark.

He noted the ceremony’s guest of honour will be announced shortly after the completion of the procedures.

Gidabuday insisted AT believes the preparations will pay off and he expressed regards to the Ngorongoro Conservation area Authority and DStv Company for a huge support for the squad.

The AT official disclosed the country’s contingent for the World Cross-Country Championships will consist of 16 athletes and officials led by AT second vice-president (Technical) Hamad Ndee.

Other officials are head coach, Meta Petro, assistant coach, Madai Jambau and team matron, Marcelina Gwandu.

Men’s category athletes in the national team are Marko Monko, Joseph Panga ‘Mti Mkavu’, Faraja Damas, Emmanuel Giniki, Gabriel Geay, Francis Damiano and Yohana Elisante.

Women category athletes are Failuna Matanga, Magdalena Shauri, Angelina Tsere, Sisilia Ginoka, Maryselina Mbua, Amina Mgoo, Anastazia Dolomongo, Aisha Magelani and Natalia Elisante.