By Dorothy Nekesa.
Uganda Athletics ace and long distance runner Joshua Cheptegei will not be taking part at the forthcoming 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham kicking off in a few days.
The multiple World record holder had been listed on the contingent to represent Uganda in Birmingham but he has opted to take a break, pending official communication.
His counterparts in Jacob Kiplimo, Peruth Chemutai and Stella Chesang that competed in Oregon are very set to take part in Commonwealth Games.
On the other hand Halimah Nakaayi, Winnie Nanyondo and Tarsis Orogot are yet to be cleared and might miss out on the Birmingham games due to delayed Visa clearance. Additionally on a sad note Javelin thrower Josephine Lalam, and sprinters Benson Okot and Pius Adome will not be in Birmingham despite being shortlisted on travelling Contingent earlier on.
With Uganda falling short of representation from Cheptegei this reduces on our Birmingham silverware collection and automatically means the athlete will not be able to defend his 5000m and 10,000m titles he won at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
The long distance runner scooped the 10,000m World Title at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, although he finished ninth in the 5000m category where Uganda’s Oscar Chelimo won bronze.
Oregon and Birmingham competitions close to each other naturally means the athletes taking part in both have not had time for recovery after Oregon and this would highly dictate results in Birmingham.
Uganda Athletes in Birmingham:
Abu Mayanja Salim (1500m), Haron Adoli (400m), Victor Kiplangat (Marathon), Tom Dradriga (800m), Jacob Kiplimo (5000m, 10,000m), Emmanuel Otim (1500m), *Tarsis Orogot (100m, 200m),
Linet Chebet Toroitich (Marathon), Sarah Chelangat (5000m), Peruth Chemutai (3000m Steeplechase), Stella Chesang (5000m, 10,000m), Jacent Nyamahunge (100m, 200m), Shida Leni (400m), Scovia Ayikoru (200m, 400m), Rachael Zena Chebet (5000m, 10,000m),
Pending visa clearance *Halima Nakaayi (800m), *Winnie Nanyondo (800m, 1500m)