RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Aug 16 – In a strange twist of events, USA based Kenyan sprinter Carvin Nkanata arrived in the Brazilian capital of Rio de Janeiro on Monday evening (early Tuesday morning Kenyan time), just hours to the heats of the 200m in the Olympic Games.
Nkanata was denied entry into the Olympic village when team Kenya arrived in Rio slightly over a week ago as he never had his accreditation as well as lacking a Kenyan passport.
According to Sportsnewsarena.com, Nkanata was cleared by the International Olympics Committee (IOC) on Monday and immediately rushed to the airport to grab a flight to Rio after getting provisional clearance from the track and field governing body, IAAF that he was eligible to race in the 200m.
However, according to the official start lists posted on the IAAF website, Nkanata’s name is missing. The only Kenyan in the 10 heats is Mike Mokamba who will be racing in heat seven.
The Kenyan 200m record holder appealed the decision to leave him out of the race despite earning a qualification time after leaving Rio back to the United States.
“I found my lost credentials but it is disappointing that NOC can’t appeal for me,” he had told Sportsnewsarena then of his lone fight for a comeback to Rio.
He got the clearance early Monday with IAAF confirming that they could list him for the start of the heats which start on Tuesday morning Rio time (5:50pm Kenyan time).