World Athletics Championships: Makwala’s 400m Final Non-Participation Disappointing – Botswana Olympic Boss

The Botswana Olympic boss, Falcon Sedimo has voiced out his disappointment at the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) decision to prevent her athlete Isaac Makwala entry into the stadium and thereby missing the 400m final race on Tuesday.

There has been a report of an outbreak of the ‘norovirus bug’ at the world championships in London and Public Health England says 30 athletes and support staff have been affected by sickness at the Tower Hotel in London.

Makwala, 30, missed the 200m heats on Monday after admitting to have vomited hence, prompting the organisers to prevent him an entry into the stadium for the 400m final.

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Botswana boss, Sedimo said they had received no explanation as to why Makwala was not allowed entry, and had not been told to keep the runner in quarantine.

Sedimo told BBC Sport: “There has been no official communication, no formal communication from the IAAF at all. We found out from the media that he could not take part and he is heartbroken.

“There have been no medical tests at all, it’s just generalised assumptions because of the outbreak of sickness and he has just one of those symptoms.”

Botswana medical team member Simon O’Brien also backed his boss and said Makwala showed no symptoms of the bug and blamed “poor communication” from the IAAF for the athlete missing the race.

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“He’s fit, he’s very well, he’s prepared to run, and he’s just being kept away by the IAAF,” said O’Brien, who insisted there was no sign of the illness during the time he spent with Makwala.