Askale Bereda, Bernane Dagne and Getenesh Tamirat went into hiding in south London and have now been given a six-month extension to their visas by the Home Office.
Organisers invited the three to compete in a 5km race forming part of the Reebok festival of running in Battersea Park. But permission was refused - and the International Amateur Athletic Federation has faxed this decision to the British Federation to ensure it is implemented.
Tony Barratt, Reebok UK's brand manager for running, said: "We are extremely disappointed at the action.''Reuse content