Botswana’s Makwala asked to withdraw from 200m event

Botswana’s Isaac Makwala was on Tuesday refused entry to the London Stadium after earlier being withdrawn from the night’s 400m final at the World Championships.

According to media reports on Wednesday the athlete was said to have fallen victim to an outbreak of sickness that has hit scores of competitors.

The 30year-old, who was considered one of the main challengers to gold medallist Wayde van Niekerk.

Makwala said he felt well and wanted to race but when he attempted to go through the athletes’ entrance, an official and security personnel prevented him.

“I arrived at the stadium today ready to run but I found a trap set there … and was denied entrance (Government order by the way not IAAF),’’ he said later in a message to his fans on Facebook.

“We fought all day for the truth to come out … I still maintain I am not sick and have never been tested by any doctor … I shall rise again. It is well.’’

The IAAF issued two statements on Tuesday, the first saying Makwala had been withdrawn due to a “medical condition’’ on the instruction of the “IAAF Medical Delegate’’.

The head of Botswana’s Athletics Federation, Falcon Sedimo, told the media that there had been no communication from the IAAF and that Makwala had not undergone any medical tests.

“It’s just generalised assumptions because of the outbreak of sickness and he has just one of those symptoms,’’ he said.

“There has been no formal communication from the IAAF at all. We found out from the media that he could not take part and he is heartbroken.’’

In the second statement, the IAAF said Makwala had been diagnosed with an “infectious disease’’ following an examination by a doctor in the warm-up medical centre on Monday and said the Botswana team had been informed.

“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,’’ it said.

“The IAAF is very sorry that the hard work and talent of Isaac Makwala won’t be on display tonight but we have to think of the welfare of all athletes.’’

Makwala said he was “heartbroken’’ on Monday when he was pulled from the 200 and had been left in the dark about the reasons for his withdrawal.

Meanwhile several, German, Canadian, Irish and Puerto Rican athletes have taken ill over the last few days, with some quarantined and others forced to miss their events.

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