Uganda Athletics Federation has launched the Olympic Games program as 2020 competition season concludes November 28 with the National Mountain Running Championships in Kapchorwa.
The launched 2021 Program that leads to the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games kick starts with the 1st Track and Field Trials slated for January 23 in Kampala.
The federation has therefore lined up 15 track and field local competitions and four internationals in the 2021 season geared towards assisting more athletes qualify for the Olympics.
The 21 Ugandan athletes who have already met the Olympics entry standard since the start of the qualification period in 2019 however remain qualified and will be eligible for final selection together with the other athletes who will qualify within the extended qualification period.
Due to the uneven training and competition opportunities around the world during the coronavirus pandemic, World Athletics announced on 7 April that the qualification period (for all events) was suspended from 6 April to 30 November 2020.
The same national competitions will also be used by the federation to select a national team for the postponed World Athletics U-20 Track and Field Championships now to take place on August 17 in Nairobi, Kenya.
The 2021 calendar also includes newly introduced Mt. Elgon and Rwenzori Mountain road races to create awareness about dangers of environmental destruction in the country.
In another development, the 2020 season that was adversely affected by the Corona pandemic lockdown now climaxes with the National Mountain Running Championships slated for November 29 in Kapchorwa.
The event is expected to produce new champions in both men and women categories.
The National Mountain competition marks the fourth only event that has been organized by UAF in the entire 2020 season owing to the Covid 19 pandemic clamp down.
This however comes at the backdrop of the fabulous 2020 season for Uganda Athletics Federation dominated by emphatic performances on the world scene spearheaded by Joshua Cheptegei’s new World Records and automatically National Records shots in 5km (12:51), 5,000m(12:35.36), 10,000m (26:11.00) and historical World Half Marathon team bronze medal.
He was also voted by World Athletics August’s Moment of the Month for setting a new 5,000m World Record.
Other exploits included Jacob Kiplimo winning a historical World Half Marathon gold medal on top of team bronze 3,000m New World Leading time and National Record (WL/NR 7:26.64 and Half Marathon (58:49) National Record, 5,000m Ostrava Golden Spike (12:48.63) Meet Record.
Stephen Kissa and Victor Kiplagat teamwork also produced the historical World Half Marathon team bronze medal exploits.
Also on song in the season highlighted by Covid 19 sporting activity restrictions were new National Record broken by Halima Nakaayi 2:32.12 (1,000m), Sarah Chelangat 31:06.46 (10,000m), Juliet Chekwel 1:08:44 (Half marathon).