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South Africa summons 50 for Kampala

South Africa summons 50 for Kampala

Athletics South Africa has named a provisional 50-member squad to the IAAF World Cross Country Championships to be held in Kampala, Uganda on 26 March 2017.

The squad, selected based on results of last year's SA Cross Country Championships in George, consists of 14 Senior Men, and 12 athletes in each of the senior Women, Junior Men and Junior Women categories.

Two men competing in their first seasons as senior athletes this year, Ikageng Gaorekwe and Kabelo Melamu, have been added to the Senior Men's squad in order to give them an opportunity to develop, despite competing in the junior race at the national championships.

While no National Cross Country Trials will be held this year, senior athletes and Junior Men will have a chance to prove their fitness at the Johnson Crane 10km race in Benoni on January 29, and Junior Women will compete for places in the final team of the 5 000m race at the Central Gauteng League Meeting in Germiston on January 21.

ASA will also select a team to compete in the new Mixed Relay event at the global off-road showpiece.

"Congratulations to all athletes in the squad. We wish them well in their attempts to secure final selection to the national team," said ASA President, Aleck Skhosana.

"The IAAF World Cross Country Championships is one of the toughest and most prestigious events on the international athletics calendar, and we are confident that we will send a strong team to Kampala."