World marathon record holder Patrick Makau has expressed his frustration after being overlooked in the national team selection to the 2012 London Olympics next month.
"This is something I can't understand. I don't know why I am not in the team since when I came from Berlin after breaking the world record, I was promised by Athletics
Kenya a chance to go and compete in the Olympics," said Makau. He said AK's reason to overlook him for a position in the three-man team to the Olympics was not justified.
He said AK had cited lack of fitness on his part after dropping out of the London Marathon earlier this year, yet he only suffered a minor hip discomfort that took only three weeks to heal. "It was just a normal and small problem, which as athletes we usually get and which requires just a week to recover," he said.
AK had requested Makau to forward a doctor's report concerning his fitness but Makau said the injury was so minor and did not warrant the doctor's attention. " I am very fit at the moment and back in training and my sessions are going on well."
"I was not happy after being excluded from the team since I have been dreaming of running at Olympics. Having run a world record, I think I deserved a place in the Olympics team and I was confident of winning a medal for my country. Now I might go to Berlin or Chicago as I focus on lowering my record," he noted. He, however, wished the selected team all the success.
Makau, however, said he is ready to represent the country whenever he is called upon. "I still am ready to run for Kenya and the World Championships are now my target." He added that there have been constant communication with AK regarding his progress but he still remains frustrated why he can't make the team.