Olympic 400m champ Wayde Van Niekerk tops the list. He's not raced since 2017 Worlds thanks to a charity rugby game and knee injury which required surgery.
Distance running got a record-breaking start in Japan in 2019 as course records were set on 3 of the 5 legs.
Sources claim that Athletics Kenya fears an alliance between several groups coordinating the race could "snowball into a mass movement and eventually overwhelm the federation."
We think there's a more appropriate saying that starts with "Fool me once..."
“The situation is a total joke and an embarrassment for WADA and the global anti-doping system. In September, WADA secretly moved the goal posts and reinstated Russia against the wishes of athletes, governments and the public. In doing this WADA guaranteed Russia would turn over the evidence of its state-supported doping scheme by today. No one is surprised this deadline was ignored and it’s time for WADA to stop being played by the Russians and immediately declare them non-compliant for failing yet again to meet the deadline. We hold athletes strictly accountable, so states that intentionally rob clean athletes and corrupt the Olympic values – through the worst doping scandal in sporting history no less – should also be held accountable.”
Guardian writer Marina Hyde rips into Reedie as she says, "And here we are. I can’t believe that former 1960s badminton starlet Craig Reedie has had his arse handed to him yet again by former KGB colonel Vladimir Putin. Honestly, what are the chances? Also, how many arses does Craig have? At this rate he is surely down to the one he talks out of every time he makes a decision in the interests of a non-compliant, provenly dirty country as opposed to the clean and compliant athletes who should be his absolute priority."
"If you insist on starting each new year with a sense of childlike wonderment, you will be stunned by news that Russia has missed the New Year’s Eve deadline..."