By Javier Silas Omagor
Uganda will be represented by up to eight long-distance elite runners at the 2021 Islamic Solidarity Games in Turkey.
This will be the fifth edition of the games scheduled to be held from August 9 -18, 2022 with the Turkish city of Konya playing host.
Formerly scheduled to take place from August 20 – 29, 2021, the event was postponed to September 10 – 19, 2021 in July 2020 by the ISSF because the original dates coincided with the 2020 summer Olympics, which were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In May 2021, the ISSF postponed the event to August 2022, citing the COVID-19 pandemic situation in the participating countries.
The national half–marathon and Poland championships reigning champion Abel Chebet and Janat Chemusto respectively will lead the contingent in Turkey.
Janat, as she Chemusto is commonly known, will be racing 1500m and 800m respectively and is optimistic that she will put together a performance good enough to bring home glory.
“All is well. The training programme is great and we are ready to go for medals by God’s grace,” Janat told The Kampala Sun at the national athletics camp situated in Kapchorwa.
She strongly believes that team Uganda is good enough to fly the national colours as high as possible come August.
Team Uganda to Islamic Solidarity Games 2021
1. Abel Chebet
2. Janat Chemusto
3. Josephine Lalam
4. Emmy Koli
5. Allan Ngobi
6. Emmanuel Osuje
7. Emma Aboda
8. Moreen Banura