Athletes gear up for Punta Umbria

World Cross Country championship Prize Money Individual 1st – US$30,000, 2nd-15,000, 3rd-10,000, 4th-7000, 5th-5000, 6th-3000 Team 1st – US$20,000, 2nd-16,000, 3rd-12,000, 4th-10,000, 
5th-8000, 6th-4000 RWANDA is expected to send nine athletes to Punta Umbria, Spain to compete in the 39th World Cross Country Championship.
Gervais Nizeyimana will miss the world championships. (File photo)
Gervais Nizeyimana will miss the world championships. (File photo)

World Cross Country championship

Prize Money

Individual

1st – US$30,000, 2nd-15,000, 3rd-10,000, 4th-7000, 5th-5000, 6th-3000

Team

1st – US$20,000, 2nd-16,000, 3rd-12,000, 4th-10,000, 
5th-8000, 6th-4000

RWANDA is expected to send nine athletes to Punta Umbria, Spain to compete in the 39th World Cross Country Championship.

The team is being handled by Eric Karasira, who is a temporary replacement for Jean Pierre Ernzen, who was sacked last month on grounds of indiscipline.

According to the federation, the team is expected to start residential training in Ruhengeri before the end of this week.

The team is expected to start residential training in Ruhengeri by the end of the week.

The athletes gearing to make an impression in Spain include Slyvain Rukundo, Jean Baptista Simuceka, Godfrey Rutayisire, Pierre Mvuyekure, Gervais Hakizimana, two-time Olympian Epiphanie Nyirabarame, Claudette Mukasakindi and Jacqueline Murekatete.

According to the Secretary General of the local athletics federation (RAF) Constantine Twajamahoro, it is a good opportunity for the athletes to showcase their ability.

“Last year, we were unable to compete so this is a good opportunity for the guys to give it their all,” said Twajamahoro.

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