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Excluded athlete Isaac Makwala declares 'I shall rise again'

Tuesday, August 08, 2017 - 00:30

Botswana's Makwala was forced to miss 400m final but maintains he was not ill

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SHOWS: INTERNET (AUGUST 8, 2017)(INTERNET -ACCESS ALL)(STILLS ARE MUTE) 1. STATEMENT FROM BOTSWANA ATHLETE ISAAC MAKWALA FORMALLY ANNOUNCING THAT HE WILL NOT TAKE PART IN 400M FINAL AT LONDON STADIUM. ANNOUNCEMENT MADE ON FACEBOOK 2. SECOND STATEMENT FROM IAAF GIVING AN ACCOUNT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND RECOMMENDATIONS WHICH LED TO WITHDRAWAL OF BOTSWANA ATHLETE ISAAC MAKWALA FROM COMPETITION STORY: Botswana's Isaac Makwala posted a message on his Facebook account on Tuesday (August 8) saying he formally announced he would not take part in the 400m final of the IAAF World Championships. Makwala was refused entry to the London Stadium on Tuesday (August 8) after earlier being withdrawn from the night's 400 metres final after IAAF medical staff said he had fallen victim to an outbreak of sickness that has hit scores of competitors. The 30-year-old, who was considered one of the main challengers to gold medallist Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa and is a national hero, had also been ordered to withdraw from Monday's opening round of the 200 metres. Makwala insisted he felt well and wanted to race but when he attempted to go through the dedicated athletes' entrance an official and security personnel barred his way and he was led away. "I still maintain I am not sick and have never been tested by any doctor. I shall rise again. It is well," he posted with a broken heart motif. Earlier the sport's governing body the IAAF had issued a statement saying: "Isaac Makwala was withdrawn from the men's 400 metre (final) due to a medical condition on the instruction of the IAAF Medical Delegate." The head of Botswana's athletics federation, Falcon Sedimo, told the BBC that there had been no communication from the IAAF and that Makwala had been ready to race. The IAAF issued a second statement later on Tuesday saying Makwala had been diagnosed with an "infectious disease" following an examination by a doctor in the warm-up medical centre on Monday and denied the team had not 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." Van Niekerk retained his world title in dominant fashion, storming to victory in 43.98 seconds.

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Excluded athlete Isaac Makwala declares 'I shall rise again'

Tuesday, August 08, 2017 - 00:30