A team of 17 athletes left Wednesday morning by road to the Tanzanian coastal city, confident that what awaits them ahead is achievable
The National junior athletics team is positive that they can challenge neighbours Kenya and power house Ethiopia to the Eastern Africa Junior Athletics Championships trophy, when competition starts Friday in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
A team of 17 athletes left Wednesday morning by road to the Tanzanian coastal city, confident that what awaits them ahead is achievable.
The team was flagged off by National Council of Sports general secretary Nicholas Muramagi on Tuesday evening at Lugogo.
NCS provided all the fuel required for the team's trip and also the allowances for the two drivers, who will be in charge of seeing that the team endured the 23-hour journey to the national stadium, where the three –day event will take place.
The 10 regional countries from the Eastern Africa region are expected to send athletes to the event, which will help them qualify athletes to July's World Junior Athletics Championships that are due in Bydgoszcz, Poland in July.
"We are confident after the training we have had in Kapchorwa. I know that the distance is long but we have experienced athletes who have travelled longer distances and have come up with results and we expect the same this time around. I am sure that we will come back with medals," said Benjamin Njia, the team coach.
The final team was named at the national junior championships that took place a fortnight ago at Namboole.
The team was advised to keep discipline and make sure that they fly Uganda's flag high.
"This is the start of your future and remember that you have an opportunity to start making your mark.
All the top athletes started like that and you can be better than them as long as you have discipline. We as National Council of Sports will try our level best to see that we support you to the fullest," Nicholas Muramagi, the secretary general of National Council of Sports said before handing over the flag to team captain Mercyline Chelangat.
Girls: Rosemary Acen , Agnes Apio , Mary Auma, Victoria Awidi, Clare Batyo , Esther Chebet , Mercyline Chelangat, Janat Chemusto and Josephine Lalam
Boys: Abel Chebet , Martin Masau, Alex Obonyo, Moses Oceng , Bayan Odong, Samuel Oweka, Boniface Sikowo and Kevin Yesho
Officials: Okot Omony, Abdallah Mohamad, Fiona Onziru and Benjamin Njia