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Athletics: Uganda sex abuse accuser dropped from team

Published on Mar 27, 2014 8:13 PM

KAMPALA (AFP) - A scandal in Uganda over alleged sex abuse of female runners deepened on Thursday, after it emerged that the athlete who exposed the issue has been dropped from the national half-marathon team.

Moses Kipsiro, a Commonwealth double gold medallist and one of Uganda's top distance runners, had been expected to race at the World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen on Saturday.

But the Daily Monitor newspaper said he has been dropped from the squad seemingly as punishment for speaking out, after female runners complained of being subjected to sex abuse and harassment by a national coach.

"I have been given a funny excuse," Kipsiro was quoted as saying. "If I am being punished for trying to save careers and lives of young athletes, it's unfair. But God is my judge."

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