By GILBERT WANDERA AND ERIC OCHIENG’
Julius Yego, the All Africa Games champion, did not board the plane on Tuesday night to Bristol for the three-week camp as he was not accredited.
Now he has to apply for a visa from the British Embassy before he can travel to Bristol.
The British Government has exempted all athletes travelling tothe games from acquiring a visa and all they need is accreditation. A worried Yego said yesterday he does not understand why his accreditation had not been approved yet.
“I have in my possession an accreditation card but it cannot allow me to travel to Britain. I have been informed by the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (Nock) that I will need to get a visa.
“I am a bit nervous by the development because I was all set to train in Bristol as soon as possible,” he said.
Nock Secretary General FK Paul blamed the delay in issuing Yego’s accreditation on Athletics Kenya who gave his details late.
“The deadline for submitting details of athletes traveling to London was in March and we informed all associations as much. It is their fault but all is not lost, as Yego will still get his visa.
“We have an arrangement with the British Embassy to fast-track issuance of visas to those going to London and he should be sorted out in a couple of days,” said Paul.
Despite the hitch, Yego who made history by winning the All African Games title last year in Maputo remains focused on reaching the finals in London.
“It is a big challenge to take part in the Olympics especially for me as this my first time.
“Despite this I am focused on at least a final place,” he said.