The international athletics governing body is organizing the 2019 instalment of World Cross-Country event in the Aarhus city of Denmark on March 30.
Coincidentally, Aarhus is sister city to Arusha, Tanzania's prominent region for athletics activities.
Tanzania’s athletes that are to fly to Aarhus for the World Cross-Country Championship will be selected during a second tournament to be held at Magereza grounds in Moshi, Kilimanjaro on February 16.
The first filtering exercise took place in Arusha during the preceding Ngorongoro National Cross-Country Championship held in Arusha where athletes from the army, including the National Service (JKT) and Tanzania People’s Defense Forces TPDF, topped the event.
JKT’s Stephano Huche topped the male category of the Ngorongoro National Cross-country Championship 2019, held at Kisongo. He clocked 24 minutes and 15 seconds to cover the eight-kilometer race.
Stephano was ahead of Marco Sylvester, also from JKT, who covered the distance in 24 minutes and 20 seconds, Daniel Sinda from Team Umbe finished third, clocking 24 minutes and 28 seconds.
In the women category, Cecilia Ginoka from TPDF beat the rest to the top prize as she posted 22 minutes and 10 seconds to cover the six-kilometer race.
She beat Angelina Tsere from JKT as the latter covered the distance in 22 minutes and 14 seconds. Agnes Protas from Team Umbe finished third in 22 minutes and 29 seconds.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA) sponsored the race.
Athletics Tanzania (AT) secretary general, Wilhelm Gidabuday, called upon other athletes to participate in the national cross-country events, since they are a platform for selecting the national team for Denmark.
“We have summoned all athletes to participate but many don’t seem to be interest. This is compulsory, they have moral obligation to represent Tanzania, they should not just wait for their own paid events overseas,” Gidabuday said.
At least 18 athletes will fly to Aarhus for the global cross-country event. There are three categories, namely men, women and juniors. Each of the categories will be represented by six runners.
“The NCAA, in addition to conservation and tourism activities, also support sporting events, being among the ways of promoting Tanzania as destination,” Joyce Mgaya, Public Relations Manager for the body, said.