Kenya Call Up 1500m Star Cheruiyot And Drop Four In Late Olympic Changes
Zeeshan Mehtab 2 months ago Wed 14th July 2021 | 11:10 PM
Nairobi, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th Jul, 2021 ) :Timothy Cheruiyot, the 1500m world champion, was called up Wednesday to join the Kenyan Olympic team as four other athletes were dropped eight days before the Games, team officials said.
"I am thrilled to be part of the Kenyan Olympic team. I am in better shape than I was during the trials and I promise to deliver a medal for Kenya in Tokyo," Cheruiyot, a favourite for gold, told AFP.
Cheruiyot replaces the unheralded teenager Kamar Etiang, who finished second at the trials but was dropped for not complying with Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) doping measures requiring three out-of-competition tests in the last 10 months, Kenyan athletics officials said.
Other athletes who have been dropped are racewalkers Samuel Gathimba and Emily Ngii and 400m hurdler Moitalel Mpoke.