Double Commonwealth gold medalist Moses Kipsiro has been ceremoniously dropped from the Uganda team that for IAAF World Half Marathon championship due Saturday in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The Bukwo native had honestly earned his place on the team having finished fourth at the National Half Marathon in Mbale on February 8. They that flew out on Wednesday night and is expected to arrive in Denmark on Thursday morning, in time to acclimatise.
It was never going to end well. Not when Kipsiro a silver medalist at the 2009 World Cross Country meet in Amman Jordan had already been blamed for unbolting the sexual harassment accusations scandal that is currently rocking Uganda Athletics Federation.
Several female runners complained they were sexually and some physically harassed by a national coach during residential training for the just-concluded Africa Cross-country Championships and Kipsiro as the team captain stood up for them as far as contacting Uganda Police.
But Kipsiro’s continued involvement was beginning to take UAF into dangerous territory and it would have been interesting to see if the athletics body would have stood by and allowed the star to remain on the in the wake of this week’s disciplinary hearings and media uproar, Kapchorwa District last week banned the accused coach from their athletics activities but UAF and Uganda Police are yet to take any action.
National coach Gordon Ahimbisibwe said he is the one who advised the federation to leave him out of the team because he is yet to recover from sickness that is sought to be malaria, typhoid, brucella.
“I have been told I can’t travel but it’s okay. I have been given a funny excuse, I don’t even want to talk about it,” Kipsiro is quoted as saying by a local daily.
Kipsiro’s place was given to Geoffrey Kusuro and the star is right now in his home district of Bukwo.
Kusuro now captains the team that also has Daniel Rotich, Moses Kibet and Isaac Ayeko with Linnet Chebet as the only female on the team.