World Athletics Championships: IAAF Defends Decision To Stop Makwala From Participating In 400m Final

The Botswana sprinter, Isaac Makwala was not permitted entry into the stadium at the World Athletics Championships in London which prevented him from participating in the 400m final race on Tuesday.

Athletics’ governing body (IAAF) has however defended its decision to deny a world championship medal favorite entry to London Stadium amid attempts to control a “very virulent” norovirus outbreak which has affected 30 athletes and support staff according to record given by Public Health England.

The 30-year-old, who also pulled out of the 200m heats was withdrawn by organisers due to medical condition, had earlier said that he would be devastated if he misses out of the 400m final.

While Botswana’s Olympic boss, Falcon Sedimo said it was disturbing, questioning IAAF’s decision to prevent the medal hopeful from participating, the IAAF said it was under instructions to quarantine athletes who showed symptoms of the virus.

Pam Venning, head of medical at the IAAF, told BBC Sport: “I have to trust my doctors. My role is to ensure the healthcare of all the athletes here and it’s a very infectious and very virulent disease.”

In a later statement, the governing body said: “The team doctor, team leader and team physio had been informed following the medical examination that the athlete should be quarantined for 48 hours and would therefore be missing the 400m final on Tuesday.”

Venning said all the other teams with affected athletes had adhered to IAAF instructions.


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