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Refugee team to race at Kampala 2017

Refugee team to race at Kampala 2017

The Refugee team will be spicing up competition at the 42nd edition of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships that are due in Kampala March 26.

The team was approved by the international athletics body, rising up the entry figures and suggesting that the Kampala event will be the biggest edition of the championships since 2006.

An expected 557 athletes from 60 teams are set to compete in the Ugandan capital on 26 March, surpassing the figures from the past six editions.

The Athlete Refugee Team will be competing in the mixed relay. It will be guided by team leader Tegla Loroupe and the squad includes Olympian Paulo Amotun Lokoro, who was part of the Refugee Olympic Team in Rio last summer. Jackson Pekemoi Bartokei will be coaching the team with Jackson Karugu as the manager.

The full team has  Paulo Amotun Lokoro, Dominic Lokinyomo Lobalu, Brenda Ihure and  Felichia Faustino Oyo.

The mixed relay is a 4 x 2km event which is run  by two men and two women in no set order , which makes it more entertaining. It is the first time the event is  being included on the World Cross Country programme.