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Uganda Athletics Federation bans Joshua Cheptegei, Jacob Kiplimo and 62 others

Double Olympic champion Joshua Cheptegei and World Half Marathon record holder, Jacob Kiplimo are among the athletes that have been banned by the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF).

The ban which has been received as shock to the nation has affected a total of 65 athletes including some top names from established clubs.

The ban that was announced on Saturday was sanctioned on grounds of failure to surface for requisite trials and other related misconducts.

While speaking to the New Vision Sports, UAF director of competitions, Faustino Kiwa  said, “These are athletes who either failed to compete after registration for the ongoing national trials.

“Some of the athletes affected registered twice and failed to turn up for the last two trials,” Kiwa revealed.

Kiwa who doubles as a qualified coach advanced said, “The reason we decided to start suspending athletes is that; failure to turn up even after registration messes up with the start-list.”

The list of those suspended includes; UPDF’s Rebecca Cheptegei, Prison’s Philip Kiplimo, Allan Kiprotich of Arise and Shine club, Brenda Aciro ((UPA), and Victor Kwemoi of Uganda Police.

Prisons Geofrey Nyeko, Zamura Chebet, and Philip Kiplimo are banned.

Police Geofrey Onen, Victor Kwemoi, and Elisha Chemutai will not run again until the next two trials are over.

For More names: New Vision Sports

Joshua Cheptegei wins Fortebet Real Super Star of the Year Award

Joshua Cheptegei’s heroic victories at the Tokyo Olympics Games have earned him Fortebet Real Super Star of the year Award that was held at Spice Junction in Kololo.

Cheptegei who bagged Olympic gold and silver medals in the 5,000m and 10,000m respectively was announced the winner by Rev. Can Duncan Mugumya the commissioner of physical education and sports in the Ministry of Education and Sports says recognition of athletes motivates them.

“I want to thank the organisers for coming up with such an initiative. It really motivates the athletes. I myself was an athlete till the national level so don’t be surprised that I am a reverend but also involved in sports,” noted Mugumya.

Mugumya handed over the plaque to Abdullah Muhammad, representative of the coaches at Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) on Cheptegei’s behalf.

“When he went to the Olympics, he really wanted to win since those are medals that missed in his cabinet. He won them in style. I hope this accolade will inspire more young stars to come,” stated Abdullah.

Cheptegei beat rally driver Yasin Nasser, golfer Irene Nakalembe and cricketer Riazat Shah Ali to the award.

The Uganda Police Force athlete had previously won three monthly Real Stars accolades.

Uganda drops Moses Kipsiro from Commonwealth Games

Uganda have dropped triple Commonwealth Games gold medallist Moses Kipsiro from their Gold Coast 2018 team as he only wanted to race in the marathon.

The 31-year-old won 5,000 metres and 10,000m gold at Delhi 2010 and then defended his title over the longer distance at Glasgow 2014.

He was due to again race over 10,000m in the Australian city in April but according to ESPN the marathon was his only focus.

This has led to him being left out of the squad as the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) believes it has better options over 26.2 miles.

“We decided that since we already had athletes with better times than Kipsiro in marathon, we had to drop him,” UAF President Dominic Otuchet said.

“Since Kipsiro gave us a condition to be on the marathon team and not to defend his 10,000m gold medal, we decided to drop him and include Thomas Ayeko instead.”

Kipsiro also won bronze over 5,000m at the 2007 World Championships in Japanese city Osaka.

He will not be the only high-profile name missing from the Ugandan athletics team.

Stephen Kiprotich, who won Olympic marathon gold at London 2012, has opted to run in the Hamburg Marathon on April 29 instead.

Gold Coast 2018 begins on April 4, with the men’s marathon scheduled for April 15.

soucr: insidethegames.biz