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.
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