The 25-year-old Kenyan, good for gold in the 2016 Olympics, found out he was infected after a mandatory test prior to the competition, which he took on Friday in Eldoret, in western Kenya. “Unfortunately I tested positive and so I will not be able to be part of the team,” he said on Saturday.
Kipruto was one of eleven Kenyans who obtained a visa to participate in the meeting in Monaco, which starts on Friday. “It is very disappointing after having worked so hard in this period and not being able to compete in the competition this season. But my health is more important. ”
The athlete further clarified on Instagram that he does not show any symptoms of the disease.
Monaco is the first meeting of the Diamond League, whose calendar had to be significantly adjusted due to the corona virus. After Monaco, Stockholm (23 August), Brussels (4 September) and Rome / Naples (17 September) will follow. The league will then continue in Doha (September 25) and end on October 17 in China, in a city to be determined.
Six meetings have already been canceled due to the pandemic: Eugene (United States), London, Paris, Rabat, Gateshead (Great Britain) and Shanghai (China).