There have been a number of confirmations that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will happen however many athletes are both struggling to get qualification or warm-up occasions.
Uganda has certified a complete 21 athletes of which 19 are runners and quite a lot of them are struggling to have races overseas to form them up for the journey to Asia.
But, the July 23 – August 8 Video games within the Japanese capital solely get nearer. A variety of occasions are nonetheless struggling the results of the coronavirus with a number of restrictions and boundaries in place.
Lengthy-distance runner Jacob Kiplimo was meant to begin his 12 months on the Ras Al Khaimah Half-Marathon in UAE on Friday however the occasion was cancelled.
“Subsequent month, I’ll go to Italy for cross-country,” the World Half-Marathon champion advised this paper this week. Whereas the outside monitor season is but to start, it’s the street runners going through it robust.
“Yeah, it’s tough close to marathons,” mentioned Jurrie van der Velden of International Sports activities Communication, who manages a number of Ugandan marathoners together with 2012 Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich.
Dutchman Jurrie had made entries for nationwide document holder Filex Chemonges, Jackson Kiprop and 2017 Dusseldorf Marathon winner Robert Chemonges on the Mumbai Marathon in India however the occasion has been pushed from as we speak to Could 30.
“Principally they postponed to Could as it is going to be extra prone to have a “full” occasion which implies a restricted variety of enjoyable runners in addition to an elite element,” he defined.
Discovering one other race for the trio has since proved robust. “We’re alternate options, that are very exhausting to seek out,” Jurrie mentioned.
And never that the races are fully out, some races can be found however they’re in nations which have stringent restrictions on foreigners for instance the Lake Biwa Marathon in Japan which additionally takes place subsequent Sunday.
“Lake Biwa shall be restricted to Japanese residents solely. Filex was on the listing to run there however the authorities has harder restrictions now,” added Jurrie.
Postponement of street occasions like marathons impacts the runners in such a approach that; one, they’ll seemingly not compete as a result of a full 42km race earlier than Tokyo as a physique wants at the very least three months in between two marathons.
Then, there are seven male marathoners who’ve run underneath the qualification time of two hours, 11 minutes and 30 seconds however Uganda has solely three quota locations on the 42km street occasion come August 8 in Sapporo.
To decide on the trio, Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) is ready to think about the most effective qualification instances made by the seven within the home windows from January 1, 2019 to April 5, 2020 and from December 1, 2020 to Could 31, 2021.
Because it stands, Filex, Fred Musobo and Mutai are forward of the extra skilled Kiprotich and 2013 Mumbai Marathon champion Kiprop.
The latter pair had hoped they’d have races throughout the remaining interval of the Olympic qualification window to beat the current arithmetic for slots.
The boys’s marathon occasion has gifted Uganda 5 championship medals throughout the Olympics, Commonwealth Video games and World Championships since 2012.
Athletics: Certified for Tokyo to date
Girls: Halima Nakaayi (800m), Winnie Nanyondo (800m & 1500m), Peruth Chemutai (3000m steeplechase), Stella Chesang & Sarah Chelangat (5000m), Juliet Chekwel (Marathon)
Males: Ronald Musagala (1500m), Albert Chemutai (3000m Steeplechase), Stephen Kissa (5000m), Jacob Kiplimo, Joshua Cheptegei & Abdallah Mande (10000m), *Fred Musobo, *Stephen Kiprotich, *Solomon Mutai, *Filex Chemonges, *Geoffrey Kusuro, *Jackson Kiprop & *Robert Chemonges (all Marathon)
*Solely 3 might be allowed to compete