-In World Cross Country Championships
Four members of the Liberian Track and Field Association, comprising two teenage athletes, Lucy Massaquoi, 18 and Andrew S. Kpehe 17; Coach Samuel Cooper and sports journalist Leroy M. Sonpon, are expected to depart the country today (Friday, March 24) to participate in the World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda, on Sunday March 26.
The delegation will join over 800 athletes at the historical Kololo Independence Grounds in the heart of Kampala on Sunday.
Lucy Massaquoi, the 2011 Marathon winner (female) will participate in the 3-mile race, while Andrew, the current 1,500 and 5,000 male champion will run in the 5-mile competition.
The duo was picked after the 2017 National Open Club Championship held in the Fendell Community at the outskirts of Monrovia.
Kampala will be the fourth African city in the history of the IAAF World Cross Championships to host the tournament after Guiyang of China passed the baton in 2015.
The winner of the championships will walk away with US$30,000.
Over 50 countries have so far confirmed their participation.
Local Organizing Committee Secretary Beatrice Ayikoru is optimistic the numbers’ surge with last minute entries.
Besides Liberia, other African countries that have confirmed their participation include The Gambia, Morocco, Algeria, Comoros, Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and host Uganda.
Other countries outside Africa include Iraq, Great Britain, Japan, Canada, China, Australia, Brazil, Peru, France, Spain, Italy and Sri Lanka.