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Thursday, 19 July, 2001, 15:57 GMT 16:57 UK
Ngeny dropped for Worlds
Noah Ngeny
Ngeny will not add a world title to his Olympic crown
Olympic 1500m champion Noah Ngeny has been dropped from Kenya's team for the World Championships in Canada.

The Kenya Amateur Athletic Association announced that they have also omitted their top women's marathon runner, Tegla Loroupe.

The decision follows a KAAA ultimatum to all athletes on the European Grand Prix circuit to return to Kenya by Thursday or be axed from the national team.

Ngeny instead chose to come to London in order to perform at the Crystal Palace Grand Prix on 22 July.

He (Ngeny) defied our directive and his form is wanting
  David Okeyo
Kenya athletics boss

"Our patience has been stretched to the limit and we have to take these drastic measures to deter future misdemeanour," said KAAA secretary general David Okeyo.

"He (Ngeny) defied our directive and his form is wanting.

"We also suspect that Loroupe is too tired to perform well in Edmonton. "She has not been consistent anyway, hence our decision."

Olympic 1,500m bronze medallist Bernard Lagat takes Ngeny's place, but Loroupe will not be replaced in the 10,000m since no other Kenyan woman has reached the qualifying time of 32 minutes.

Tegla Loroupe
Loroupe will not be replaced
The decision to leave out two of the country's best athletes was supported by former Kenyan runner Kipchoge Keino, chairman of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK).

"Athletes have a duty to respect national assignments. They must respect the honour given to them by the country to carry the flag," said Keino.

"Ethiopians are nowhere in the Grand Prix circuit, because they attach great importance to national duty. Why not Kenyans?"

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