Nakaayi, Nanyondo to light up Japanese Invitational

Wednesday October 16 2019

Global Stars. Nanyondo (L) and Nakaayi in Doha

Global Stars. Nanyondo (L) and Nakaayi in Doha recently. AFP PHOTO 

By GEORGE KATONGOLE

World champion Halima Nakaayi and running mate Winnie Nanyondo will have no rest as they take part in the Denka Athletics Challenge this weekend in the Japan Sea coast of Honshu in Niigata City.

After returning from the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar where Nakaayi won the women’s 800m final, the pair will be part of a cast of stars for Saturday’s invitational race.
The run is the first Japanese Grand Prix series that will be played on October 19.

The Series for track and field competitions will be held in 14 cities nationwide.

This year’s challenge has been accredited as an international event of category “C rank” in recognition of the Asian Land Federation, aiming to participate in the international tournament where the IAAF world ranking will be introduced. This has prompted organisers to invite international athletes.

There will be a total of 10 track competitions for men and women as well as field and relay competitions.

Nakaayi and Nanyondo will participate in their favoured 800m race. The duo left for Japan last evening via Emirates Airline.

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Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) administrator Timothy Masaba confirmed yesterday that the rising profile of Nakaayi and Nanyondo is attracting global attention and they will have little time to rest.

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