Tanzania set to field 28 athletes in 2019 World Cross Country Champion

31Dec 2018
Renatha Msungu
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Tanzania set to field 28 athletes in 2019 World Cross Country Champion

ATHLETICS Tanzania (AT) will field 28 athletes in the next year's IAAF World Cross Country Championship scheduled for March 31 in Denmark.

Athletes take part in a recent race in Arusha.

Domestic athletes, therefore, have been urged to start training before the start of the Denmark showdown.

Wilhelm Gidabuday, AT secretary general, disclosed yesterday that athletes that will excel in the domestic cross country championship, slated to take place in Kilimanjaro in February, will head for the IAAF World Cross Country Championship.

The AT official noted the Kilimanjaro race will involve both experienced and young athletes, in which senior competitors will take part in the 10km race.

Gidabuday disclosed the participating senior runners will be trimmed to 12, who will take part in the IAAF World Cross Country championship.

He added the AT will also select 12 junior athletes for the Denmark event. The association will further select four athletes for the relay race.

He disclosed selection of athletes for the IAAF World Cross Country Championship will take the athletes' performance into consideration.

He insisted AT will not entertain selection of athletes on the basis of their status.

"We need to get the best athletes that will win medals in the IAAF World Cross Country Championship," he added.

Gidabuday said the world athletics governing body, IAAF, will meet participation costs for a section of Tanzania's senior athletes in the World Cross Country Championship.

The AT, he disclosed, will foot participation costs for the country's junior athletes in the forthcoming showpiece.

He maintained the athletes should not rest on their laurels, given they should concentrate on training so they can stay in great shape.

The AT official said the body is keen on fielding many athletes that can win medals in the coming high profile international competitions.

Gidabuday disclosed the athletes should pay attention to coaches' instructions, given the approach will be useful for the athletes' participation in events.

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