As Covid-19 continues to spread more prominent people are being confirmed being infected. Yesterday world 3,000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto has tested positive for Covid-19.
Conseslus Kipruto, on his twitter account, the Olympic Games champion said he tested positive for the virus after undergoing a mandatory test in order to be cleared to travel for the upcoming Monaco Diamond League slated for August 14.
“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” Kipruto posted on his twitter handle.
Consequently, Kipruto will not be competing in the Monaco meet which will be the first event as the athletics season resumes after Covid-19 disruptions.
Kipruto reiterated that he is feeling well and has not suffered any complications whatsoever while also wishing his compatriots the best in the competition.
“I don’t have any symptoms and I was actually in great shape. Wish to thank Monaco for all the work they have done and I wish them and my colleagues a wonderful competition. Athletics is back and I will be back as well,” he said.
The news is a huge setback for the athlete who had also set his sights on lowering the World Record of 7:53.63 set by Kenyan-born Stephen Cherono of Qatar in 2004
“I was planning to go for the WR: it has stayed too long outside Kenya. As the World & Olympic Champion I feel strongly its something I should go for as well,” he said. Kenya has recorded a surge in the Covid-19 infections with the number standing at 25, 837, and 418 deaths as of Saturday, August 8.