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World Athletics Championships 2024: Tanzania sends 12 runners to race in Serbia

A total of 12 athletes currently warming up in Arusha, which is Tanzania’s Northern City, have been selected to form the national cross-country team to represent the country in the 2024 World Athletics Cross Country Championships.

As it happens, this year’s World Athletics Cross Country Championships are being flagged off from the Serbian capital of Belgrade on March 30, 2024.

The Tanzanian National team being prepared to represent the country in the forthcoming event include six men, five women and one Under-20 candidate.

The sporting envoys were named in Arusha during the National Cross-country championships recently held at the Ilboru Secondary School’s Sports grounds in Arusha.

According to the Acting Secretary General for Athletic Association of Tanzania (AT) revealed the selected athletes will soon be entered into preparatory camps alongside those warming up for the commonwealth games.

“Some of the chosen representatives were also part of the National team for the forthcoming All African Games’ and the two events are only one-week apart,” said the Athletics Tanzania official.

The All African Games events take place in Ghana from March 8 to 23, while the World Cross-country racing competitions are slated from March 30, 2024 in Serbia.

Speaking in Arusha, the Secretary of Arusha Athletics Association, Rogath Steven said he was happy that all runners from the region have made it into the national team.

“Arusha has also been chosen to play the host, because the preparatory camps for the National team are going to be based in the region,” added Steven.

Last year Tanzania performed well in World Athletics that is why the country’s participatory quota was increased to 12 participants from the only four that represented the country last year.

Originally the World Cross-Country event was due to take place in Croatia, but the World Athletics Council realized that preparations at Medulin and Pula in Croatia to host the event on February 10, had not been advanced sufficiently, therefore shifted the stage to Serbia.

Juliana Mwamsuva who coordinates the Tanzania Youth Athletics Championships (TAYAC) said she was impressed by the National Cross-country event which was well organized and featured extremely capable sports men and women.

“Arusha also suits its current position as the basic venue for National athletics events,” she added.

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