Because their running visas were not approved in time, 23 athletes from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda will be unable to compete in the 2022 Tartan Ottawa International Marathon, which is scheduled for Sunday, May 29, in Canada.
According to rumors in the media, 14 women, including Ethiopia's record holder Gelete Burka, will be unable to compete in the prestigious event. On the starting list, only Uganda's Juliet Chekwel and Kenya's Rebeca Chesire remained.
The athletes expressed their dissatisfaction with the circumstance, stressing that they had requested the visa ahead of time.
"I have no idea what happened. I submitted my application for a visa. For the past eight months, I've been preparing for this. I'm quite sad because everyone has been assisting me in my preparation for this race "Burka declared.Kenyan long-distance runners during a training session"/>
Nine guys from Ethiopia and Kenya, on the other hand, will be unable to compete due to visa limitations.
As a result, Andualem Belay Shiferaw and Teshome Mekonen of Ethiopia and Alex Kibet, Albert Kangogo, and Leonard Langat of Kenya will be left to fly their respective countries' flags in the event.
International media outlets have criticized the prominent yearly event organizers, highlighting the situation and urging the Canadian government to remedy the error.
"When this is going on, what agent is going to want to commit to a Canadian event? Canada must act immediately to rectify this situation "Paul Gains, an international sports journalist, commented.
In addition to appearance fees and sponsorships, the top male and female competitors will each get Ksh2.8 million ($24,000) in prize money.
The prize money has fallen over time as a result of the epidemic, which saw the award reduced from Ksh4.6 million ($40,000) to Ksh4.6 million ($40,000).
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