Renowned South Sudan athlete may not participate in 2016 Olympic Games

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Guor Mading Maker, also known as Guor Marial, may not be allowed to represent South Sudan at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year for receiving training funds from the International Olympic Committee.

Guor Mading Maker, also known as Guor Marial, may not be allowed to represent South Sudan at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year for receiving training funds from the International Olympic Committee.

According to guidelines of the South Sudan Athletic Federation, SSAF, Guor was supposed to hand the funds to the federation, according to the Upper Nile Times.

After receiving the scholarship money over two weeks ago, SSAF has suspended Guor from any athletic activity representing South Sudan, says the Upper Nile Times.

Guor Mading, who is a dual US-South Sudanese citizen, is said to be waiting to hear the IOC’s opinion on the issue.

Guor is at the moment training at high altitude in Kenya. Bill Gallagher, who is working on a documentary on the life of Guor says the SSAF has urged him to immediately return to Juba to discuss his situation.

Guor, who lost eight brothers and sisters in the Sudanese civil war, is currently based in Flagstaff, Arizona.

In 2012, he refused a call to represent Sudan in the London games saying he would never dishonour the two million South Sudanese people who gave up their lives for freedom.

Guor, therefore, competed under the IOC flag as the new South Sudan was not yet a member of the IOC.

He finished 47th in the marathon in 2hrs, 19min, 32sec.

Source: Agencies

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