"It's embarrassing for everyone, the athlete, his management team and even ourselves," the race director, Nigel Gough, said. "Perhaps in the future we will insist on agents faxing a photocopy of their runners' passports showing their visas are up to date."
Gough denied Boit Kipketer had pulled out of the meeting as a result of former Olympic 10,000 metre gold medallist Khalid Skah being given a late entry into the race.
He rebuffed suggestions that Kenyans are reluctant to compete against the Moroccan. Skah controversially won his 1992 title after allegedly using a lapped colleague to pace-make him to victory against another Kenyan, Richard Chelimo.Reuse content