The National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (NAAZ) Cross Country Championships are going to be the basis on which the country’s team will be selected for the 2017 Kampala World Cross Country meet due March 26.
Bulawayo Province hosts this year’s events at Hillside Dam and NAAZ will use the competition to select athletes who will make the trip to Uganda’s capital.
Bulawayo Athletics Board (BAB) chairman, Manuel Mpofu told Zimbabwe’s Newsday, they were expecting about 400 athletes to take part in the race, which includes seniors (men and women) — 10km, juniors (men) — 8km, women — 8km, mixed relay —8km, and cadets — 2,5km.
“We are ready to host the competition, which will be held on February 12,” he said.
“We have inspected the course and are satisfied everything is in place. As Bulawayo province, we are confident of retaining the trophy.”
Zimbabwe last featured at the 2015 Guiyang World Cross Country Championships in China. Geoffrey Kipsang, a former junior champion and reigning world half marathon champion, took the men’s title by a margin of eight seconds.