IAAF World Championships
August 10-19, 2013
National Sports Council boss Jasper Aligawesa on Tuesday morning at Lugogo Indoor Stadium flagged off the Uganda team to the IAAF World Athletics Championship to be held in Moscow Russia.
The team that was flagged off included captain Kipsiro, Juliet Chekwel, Benjamin Kiplagat, Jackson Kiprop, Ronald Musagala, Phillip Kipyego, Timothy Torotich, Thomas Ayiekho and coach Benjamin Longiros all charged with surpassing their individual brilliances and lift team Uganda into the top medal log.
“We are confident that you shall gallantly represent the nation and win Uganda many medals,” Aligawesa said.
“We expect a better performance than was at Daegu, South Korea, edition of the Championship two years ago,” he added.
The aging administrator is confident the team will add to Uganda’s only three senior level medals at the biennial competition.
“This team is motivated and eager to win us more medals. I have faith in them,” he told Red Pepper in an exclusive phone interview hours after the sendoff ceremony for the team that arrive in Moscow on Wednesday via Dubai.
But Uganda’s best medal prospects, the marathon trio of Stephen Kiprotich, Jackson Kiprop and Abraham Kiplimo that is currently training Chirchir, Kenya leaves for Moscow next Tuesday.
Davis Kamoga won Uganda’s first medal, a silver in the 400 meter, in Athens in 1997 while Dorcus Inzikuru then won gold in the steeplechase at the 2005 edition in Helsink and Kipsiro then won bronze in the 2007 in 5000m.
“If God is on our side we shall come back with medals,” Kipsiro stated before receiving the national flag from the NCS Secretary General.