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South Sudan lifts suspension of marathoner Miading Miaker



Last modified: Monday, January 26, 2015
Guor Miading Miaker’s quest to represent his homeland of South Sudan in the 2016 Olympic marathon is back on, the 2005 Concord High graduate wrote on his Facebook page yesterday.

“I like to inform you that the situation between me and the South Sudan federation has been solved and the suspension has been lifted,” Miading Miaker (known as Guor Majak during his high school years) wrote. “Thank you for all the supports and encouragement. Also, great thank to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), to some officials in the South Sudan federation, and to everyone who played great role in this issue. It’s a great step forward for the South Sudan federation and the people of Suth (sic) Sudan.”

Miading Miaker received a phone call and text messages from South Sudan Athletics Federation (SSAF) Secretary General Kamal John Akol on Jan. 4, demanding that he hand over a scholarship he was to receive from the IOC or face suspension. Miading Miaker, who ran under the Olympic flag in London in 2012, refused to turn over the scholarship, since the IOC awards scholarships (to be used as training stipends) to athletes, not national federations.

The IOC investigated and intervened, along with South Sudan’s National Ministry of Youth and Sports, whose Director General Edward Settimo told Eye Radio in South Sudan that his ministry would hold a meeting with the national federation to solve the problem.