For the second time in his senior career, Ugandan long-distance Moses Kipsiro will miss the World Championships slated for China capital Beijing this month.
“I will not be in Beijing,” Kipsiro disclosed to this paper on phone at the weekend.
The revelation came after he clocked 28:39.7 to finish second behind Kenyan Stephen Koskei at the Beach to Beacon 10K Run on Saturday along the coastline of Cape Elizabeth – Maine, USA.
In 2011, the 28-year-old then pulled out of the Worlds due Daegu, South Korea claiming some Bukwo residents wanted to harm him.
But this time, a catalogue of almost similar problems hampered his progress. Back in March, Kipsiro boycotted World Cross-Country Champs in China citing death threats allegedly from coach Peter Wemali.
Then Kipsiro lost time while spearheading the role in having Wemali face justice for alleged sexual harassment of young female athletes last year.
By the time he got to the track to start his quest for a ticket to Beijing, Kipsiro’s mediocre speed was below par to hit the qualification standards in the 5000m race (13:23.00) at the New York and Lausanne Diamond League Meets.
“All those issues and persistent pain in my left knee disorganised my season,” the 2007 World 5000m bronze medallist affirmed. “Even now, qualification would still have been possible but the Worlds are not on my mind now. And I have no regrets because I want to do something different.”
Currently based in Boston, Kipsiro further added he won’t defend his 5000m title at the All Africa Games next month. “I am doing road races here (USA) for three weeks. All my focus now is on the Rio Olympics.”