Olympic and world 3,000m steeplechase Champion Conselus Kipruto has tested positive for coronavirus ahead of Monaco Diamond League.
The Coronavirus is a big blow to Kipruto who was making a return into the race and was one of the athletes set to run at the Monaco Diamond League series that starts next Saturday.
On his official Facebook page @Conseslus Kipruto CK and twitter @kipconseslus wrote: “Our world is going through a challenging period and we all have to take our responsibilities. Unfortunately my Covid-19 test, as part of the Monaco-protocol came back positive and therefore I can’t be part of the Monaco Diamond League on August 14th.”
Kipruto who had completed his preparations ahead of the race, told his fans.
“I don’t have any symptoms and I was actually in great shape. I was planning to go for world record. It has stayed too long outside Kenya. As the world and Olympic champion I feel strongly its something I should go for as well. Wish to thank Monaco for all the work they have done and I wish them and my colleagues a wonderful competition.”
He continued “Athletics is back and will be back as well. Anyone willing to organise a steeple I can be cleared?”
The king of water and barriers was among 15 Kenyan athletes who had been cleared to compete in the Monaco leg after getting special dispensation visas to travel to the Schengen area.
They were to travel to Monaco are on Monday with a Covid-19 test 72 hours before the trip
Kipruto disclosed that he was tested on Thursday at Eldoret’s Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital and the results turned out out positive.
“It’s indeed sad that the test came back positive. I don’t know where I got it because I have been following the guidelines set by the Ministry of Health,” Kipruto.
He said that he was waiting for the officials from the hospital to give him the way forward on management of the condition.
“I am in contact with officials from the hospital and I’m waiting for them to give me the way forward. I don’t feel anything (symptoms) for now,” said Kipruto.
Kipruto was expected to line up in the steeplechase on Friday alongside compatriots Abraham Kibiwott and Vincent Kipchumba, a pacesetter.
“I will be using the race to gauge my performance as I prepare to lower the world record time which has been out of the country for a long time. If I’m the Olympic and World champion, what makes it hard for me to break the world record?” posed Kipruto on Thursday