Puselesto mofokeng (left on picture)
Puselesto Mofokeng is no stranger to making VUT Sports headlines on a consistent basis. The saying, ”once is an accident, twice is coincidence and three times is a habit” holds absolutely true for this gentlemen. He’s one race away from qualifying for FISU‘s (International University Sports Federation) 2018 WUC (World University Cross-Country Championship) in Switzerland.
Puseletso has made it into the Cross-Country provincial team which will compete in the 30 January 2018 trials from which top six athletes will be selected as the USSA (University Sports South Africa) team that will compete at the 2018 WUC.
The value that our sports people add to the positive image of the institution is priceless. There are always athletes and teams who participate in national and international competitions year in and out.
The History of Cross-Country in FISU
Between 1968 and 1976, five World University Cross-Country Championships were organised in Europe. The first of them was held in Lausanne, Switzerland. There, FISU gave a boost to the expansion of this sport. Already at the second edition in Coleraine, Great Britain, 90 contestants from 8 countries were in the line-up; whereas, in Darmstadt, Germany, in 1982, there were 139 athletes from 23 countries. The figures have kept increasing from one edition to the other, but more important was the continual improvement in performance. In 1998, 24 national university teams participated in the event.