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Mupopo takes to track on Sunday

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DIANA CHIPEPO, Lusaka
THE International Association for Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championships gets underway in London today with Zambia’s 400m

specialist Kabange Mupopo taking to the track on Sunday.
Siame, a 200m runner, will start his campaign on Monday.
The two runners with coach Douglas Mushili set up camp in Cardiff.
The three were expected in London yesterday.
Zambia Amateur Athletics Association (ZAAA) president Elias Mpondela, who is in London for the IAAF congress, said in an interview yesterday that the runners have prepared well for the challenge.
Mpondela said ZAAA is still pursuing the non-recognition results for Siame and Hazemba Chidamba in the 100m category.
“We are still pursuing the results issue for Siame and Hazemba although it is now too late to enter them. Otherwise Siame and Mupopo have been training in Cardiff and will be in London today [yesterday],” he said.
The IAAF has not approved Siame’s 9:88 seconds finish during the All-Comers Meet at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka on June 8.
IAAF is also in doubt over Chidamba’s 10:11 seconds he sprinted in Lusaka two months ago.
Mupopo and Siame reached the semi-finals in their respective races at the 2015 World Championship in Beijing, China.

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