August 8, 2012; London, United Kingdom; Galen Rupp (USA) and Moses Ndiema Kipsiro (UGA) compete in the men's 5,000 meters heats during the London 202 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Photo Credit: John David Mercer, USA Today Sports

Moses Kipsiro dropped from Uganda’s World Half Marathon team after exposing abuse of women runners


A little over one week after exposing how a coach sexually harassed multiple Ugandan runners, Moses Kipsiro has been dropped from his country’s team for the upcoming World Half Marathon Championships.

According to Gordon Ahimbisibwe, one of the team’s coaches, Kipsiro won’t be allowed to compete because he’s still battling an illness, but Kipsiro doesn’t necessarily see things that way:

“I have been told I can’t travel but it’s okay. I have been given a funny excuse, I don’t even want to talk about it.

 

“I love representing my country and will do so whenever called upon. But if am being punished for trying to save careers and lives of young athletes, it’s unfair. But God is my judge.”

The information Kipsiro came forward with the other week was horrifying. According to Kipsiro, the abuse occurred at a training camp for this month’s Africa Cross-county Championships:

“What I discovered after engaging the girls was so shocking. One day, I think it was March 4th; he gathered the junior women’s team in a secret place and told them that to run well, they must have sex or give birth. His theory was that if a woman’s private parts are wide, their legs move easily. I was so shocked to hear such silly talk. Unfortunately some people believe he is a good coach. They continue to defend him.”

The Ugandan Athletics Federation has denied all accusations of abuse.

[Source: Daily Monitor]

Tags: Uganda World Half Marathon Championships