CECILIA ZULU, Lusaka
RUNNER Kabange Mupopo yesterday left for United Kingdom to prepare for next month’s International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World
Championship billed for London.
Zambia Amateur Athletics Association (ZAAA) general secretary Davison Mung’ambata said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that Mupopo is accompanied by national team coach Douglas Kalembo.
He said Mupopo will link up with sprinter Sydney Siame who is already in Europe.
The World Championship will run from August 4 to 13.
“Kabange and Sydney are not coming back home. They will connect direct to London after their camp. Whilst there [United Kingdom], Kabange will take part in a number of competitions just like the way Sydney has been doing before,” Mung’ambata said.
Mupopo, who won gold in 400m at the 2015 Congo-Brazzaville All-Africa Games, will camp in Wales.
Mung’ambata also said 100m runner Hazemba Chindamba is still in the country.
Asked why he did not travel with the other runners, Mung’ambata responded: “We will discuss that later, I am in a meeting.”
Recently, IAAF doubted Siame and Hazemba’s time recorded during the All-Comers Meet at National Heroes Stadium in April this year.
Siame recorded 9.88seconds while Hazemba had 10.11seconds to qualify for the World Championship.
United States of America-based long distance runner Jordan Chipangama has also qualified for the London games.