NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s coach Paul Ereng on Friday termed it a
shameful after US-based Emmanuel Korir was denied a visa to
travel to Birmingham, England for the World Indoor
Ereng, who coaches
Korir said the Kenyan was poised to win gold in Birmingham after
posting good results in the build up to the championships, which
started on Thursday and ends on Sunday.
“It is a shame
Emmanuel (Korir) could not travel to Birmingham, England to the
world indoor championship just because the Embassy could not
process his Visa. What a shame,” Ereng said on Friday.
Korir, who was
favorite to win the men’s 800m race, has been placed in lane
five of the first heat that goes down on Friday night.
Korir made the
announcement of his visa denial on Facebook account, saying “I
will be missing the World Indoor Championships because Visa
system in New York is down.”
“We must let go of
the life we have planned, so as we accept the one that’s waiting
for us. When you work hard for your dreams some people don’t
care but God is great. Isn’t the end of everything,” Korir said.
Korir, who had
applied for his United Kingdom visa in New York, was due to make
a return after a flop at the London World Championships last
year despite going into the event as hot favourite.
Korir clocked a
world leading time of 1 minute and 44.21 seconds, erasing the
previous African record of 1:44.52 set by Ethiopian Mohammed
Aman at Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix in 2014.
sole runner in the women’s 3,000m race Helen Obiri was forced to
settle for the fourth spot in a race won by Ethiopia’s Genzebe
Obiri, who won the
3,000m title in 2012 before losing the battle to Dibaba to
settle for silver in 2014, will now focus on the Commonwealth
Dibaba will be
eyeing a double in 1,500m, where she will face Kenya’s Beatrice
Chepkoech and Winnie Chebet. Other Kenyans in action are
Bethwell Birgen and Davis Kiplagat in the men’s 3,000m final.