The Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) has finally opened up to explain why 800m athlete Annet Negesa has withdrawn from the 2012 London Olympics.
The Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) has finally explained why 800m athlete Annet Negesa has withdrawn from the 2012 London Olympics.
Last evening an official who did not want to be mentioned told URN that Negesa had opted out because of injury. Beatrice Ayikoru, the UAF General Secretary, told URN this afternoon that it was true Negesa had pulled out because of injury.
Ayikoru said that the federation did not want to force her to carry the injury into the Olympics because it would have further implications. Ayikoru said that they would instead concentrate on helping Negesa to mentally accept the fact that she will miss the Games and there were many more Games to come.
The former long distance runner further said they did not want to rush to the media to announce Negesa’s injury because on the kind of mental torture she would have to undergo to accept she was missing the games that she has struggled so hard to qualify for.
Negesa, who won gold at the 2011 All Africa Games in Mozambique in the 800m race, is reportedly suffering from an Achilles tendon injury. When asked if Negesa had already received her allowance before she travelled, Ayikoru said she had not and will definitely miss out because she can’t make the trip.
But when URN pressed further coach Gordon Ahimbisibwe this morning about Negesa’s injury, she said he had spoken to the athlete on phone and she said she was in pain. When URN tried contacting her, her known number was switched off the whole day.
Meanwhile, three athletes Benjamin Kiplagat, Jacob Araptany and Thomas Ayeko travelled today for the Olympics as their races get closer. Five other athletes including Dorcus Inzikuru and Moses Kipsiro will travel tomorrow, while the last athlete Stephen Kiprotich who will take part in the marathon which will be the climax of the Olympics travels on August 8.
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