KAMPALA, The Uganda Athletics Federation has drawn up a tentative list of 40 athletes from whom a final team will be drawn to compete at next April's Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

Conspicuously missing from the list are field athletes, once again underlining the country's deficiency on that front. The group, however, includes sprinters as opposed to last month's IAAF World Championships where Uganda fielded long distance runners only.

All members of Team Uganda who were in London for the IAAF World Championships have been included in the shortlist which will be scaled down later.

World 10,000 metres silver medallist Joshua Cheptegei is on the list, alongside former world and Olympic marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich, who skipped the London event.

Seasoned athletics coach Absolom Ojwang attributed Uganda's underwhelming performances in field events to the absence of specialised coaches. He also cited a lack of equipment.

"It's not unusual to go to a district and you don't find a single javelin! So how do you expect a coach to train athletes without equipment," wondered Ojwang.

Uganda will also field a netball team for the first time in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The She Cranes qualified in June after winning the Africa Netball Championships in Kampala.



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