Kiprop Denied Visa to Participate in Edinburgh Marathon

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The British embassy in Uganda has spiked hopes of the Commonwealth 10,000 metres champion, Boniface Kiprop, to participate in the Edinburgh marathon in Scotland today. Kiprop's London based manager, Ricky Simms, says Kiprop spent several hours at the UK embassy in Kampala, only to be told to return on Monday. Simms says Kiprop applied to the UK embassy in Kampala almost two weeks before Christmas. Though he has regularly traveled to Britain since 2001, it was not clear why he was denied a visa. Simms said failure to provide Boniface Kiprop with a visa has sparked fears of a negative backlash against Glasgow's bid to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The UK Based Herlad Newspaper reports that The news was greeted with dismay by agencies attempting to bring the 2014 Commonwealth Games to Scotland. Event Scotland, sponsors of the Great Edinburgh International Cross-Country which is being held in Holyrood Park today, were horrified by the news. The Home Office would not comment on individual visa applications, but a Scottish Executive spokesman said: they would work with the UK government to put arrangements in place to ensure that all athletes, coaches, and support staff are aware of the timescales and procedures they need to follow to apply for a visa. The Scottish Executive-funded agency is investing

 

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