Kenya accepts IAAF decision on Kemboi as runner reverses his decision to retire

By evelyn watta
Aug 18, 2021

RIO DE JANEIRO, Disappointed, Ezekiel Kemboi has reversed his decision to retire seeking to win saying he wants to win a medal at the 2017 World championships in London after losing his Olympic bronze.

At the same time the chief of the delegation of team Kenya here in Rio Stephen Soi, has ruled out any further appeals and have accepted the IAAF jury decision that disqualified Kemboi.

“We do not have any chance of success with further appeal as the reasoning was that Kemboi came from behind and therefore would under normal circumstances carry the blame whether right of wrong,” said Soi, aware that there were calls for further appeals even to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, as Kemboi appears to have been pushed from behind.

“We have other avenues including CAS but what are the chances of success? We have accepted the decision and leave the matter to rest,”he added.

A decision that has pushed Kemboi to change his mind and reverse his decision of retirement from athletics. “I had opted to retire right after the Olympics only if I had come home with this medal,” he posted on his Facebook page alongside a picture showing the exact point he stepped out during Wednesday’s final.

“Now I feel that I have to bring back this medal not by protesting again but right on track. Kemboi is not retired I will be coming to London 2017 to re-claim my medal from France.”

Kemboi, 34, was stripped off his medal for lane infringement after an IAAF jury reviewed the video following an appeal by the French team, that he had stepped outside the track on the curved part after the water jump that ruled him out.

Kenya filed an appeal but the IAAF upheld the disqualification amid claims that he was pushed.

Consequently, the IAAF awarded the bronze which he had won behind compatriot Conseslus Kipruto and American Evan Jager to French man Mahiedine Mekhissi, who had finished fourth.

Kemboi claimed that he was pushed at that point but there is no video evidence to back this claims.