Wednesday, 09 August 2017 14:19

LONDON 2017 - WATCH: WAYDE VAN NIEKERK SAYS HE WISHES HE COULD GIVE MAKWALA HIS MEDAL

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Botswana's Isaac Makwala was denied access to the London Stadium by the IAAF, the governing body, who claimed he had the symptoms of the contagious norovirus.

Makwala was livid. 'They said: "No, you can't run because you are sick". I think maybe this is sabotage,' he told ITV.

Van Niekerk was drawn in lane six, Makwala in lane seven, but the Botswanan who posed the greatest threat to the Olympic champion and world record holder was not allowed to run. In fact he was not even allowed in the stadium.

His lane remained empty for the men's 400m final and for Lord Coe and the IAAF council it amounted to yet another PR disaster.

In fairness to the global governing body Makwala had been unable to contest the 200m heats the previous day after vomiting in the stadium medical room, the symptoms mirroring the many athletes who have fallen victim here in London to an outbreak of gastroenteritis.



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