BY PATRICK JARAMOGI
KASESE, Uganda| A team of Uganda Athletes that took part in the World Athletics Champions in Doha in 2019 is getting refreshed after Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) offered to host them for a retreat at the Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The team is led by Stephen Kiprotich who won the off-track marathon in Moscow in 2013. Apparently, Joshua Cheptegei who won the men’s 10,000 metres world title in Doha, with the best time of 26min 48.36sec, and the first Ugandan to win the title is missing at the retreat.
According to a statement from UWA, the athletics are being hosted for a retreat at Queen Elizabeth National Park to enable them to appreciate wildlife conservation and UWAs efforts in promoting conservation through sports.
“Today the team was taken on an early morning Game drive and will later on go for Boat Cruise and also interaction with UWA staff,” said Gesa Simplicius the Public Relations Officer.
During the 10 day IAAF event held at the multi-purpose Khalifa International stadium, Uganda won one medal through long-distance runner Joshua Cheptegei who was beaten for pace by Mo Farah to finish second in the 5000M final.
Also present at Queen Elizabeth National Park are middle-distance runners Winnie Nanyondo, Halimah Nakaayi who won the 800m in Doha, high flying sensational sprinter Shida Leni, and Peruth Chemutai who ran her season-best in the 3000m steeplechase at the Diamond League in Shanghai, China. Others are Esther Chebet, Sarah Chelangat and Stella Chesang among others.