16 February 2012

Uganda: Athletes Set for Weekend Action

Preparations for the first Uganda Athletics Federation trial will intensify this weekend with over distance competitions in various districts.

These meets will climax in a national championship on February 25 at Namboole. The first trial will take place the following weekend at the same venue.

Over distance events on both track and on the road are aimed at boosting stamina. They are held towards the end of the cross-country season.

"We expect a very competitive year as athletes work towards qualifying for the London Olympics," said UAF publicist Namayo Mawerere.

Athletes now need not look beyond Uganda's borders for qualification. The country last season secured a sh60m electronic timer from the Germany government.

Sprinter Ali Ngaimoko is one of those anxiously looking forward to Saturday's events. Ngaimoko has always had an endurance problem and that he believes will be solved at Namboole.

"I'll do the 150, 300 and 600 meters," explained the Assistant Inspector of Police who, despite being one of Uganda's best, has on many occasions missed out on a podium finish at major events because of lack of a powerful finish.

The cross-country season winds up next month with the Africa championship in Cape Town, South Africa.

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