The two-time Olympic 800m champion and world record holder David Rudisha has disappeared from the athletics scene for eons.
He kept a loud silence as he missed two seasons nursing a quad muscle strain but that didn’t stop his fans in the athletics world from engaging in some tongue-wagging.
On Tuesday his wife posted a shocking message on Facebook that said: “David Lekuta Rudisha stop frustrating me with my kids. To my family, my heart is heavy I can’t hold any more. I love u all.”
The message seemed to raise a number of questions about his family matters and his absence from the sport.
Rudisha’s agent Mitchel Boeting declined to comment on the athlete’s family matters.
He told Standard from Amsterdam: “I cannot comment on their family matters. I have not even known about the post (sic).”
“David might not compete this season. The injury healed and reoccurred. He will be late for the season and I think he will be back next season. We expect that all will be well for him,” said Boeting.
Rudisha, who won the 2016 Olympic 800m title, has not competed since 2017 IAAF Diamond League meeting in Shanghai.
Rudisha or ‘King David’ is the President of Confederation of Africa Athletics (CAA) Athletes Commission and he has reportedly not attended meetings convened by the continental body.
“Sometimes it is difficult to understand some Kenyan athletes. Here an athlete has landed a big position in Africa or IAAF but he doesn’t see the importance. Rudisha appointed CAA Athletics Commission three years ago, but he is not actively involved.
“The same case with Ezekiel Kemboi, who is IAAF Athlete Representative. They get air tickets to attend the meetings but do not travel. I know they will be kicked out of such roles,” said a senior Athletics Kenya official, who declined to be named.
“We here at AK sometimes look for him (Rudisha) to attend some of our critical events but he doesn’t respond to our phone calls or bother to reply our texts. CAA President Hamad Kalkaba Malboum is not happy.”
Rudisha suffered a knee injury in 2013 and returned to win silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, and then won his second world title in 2015 in Beijing, China before bagging second Olympic gold medal in 2016.
Kemboi, a four-time world 3,000m steeplechase champion and two-time Olympic champion, also risks being kicked out of IAAF Athlete Representative post for failing to honour IAAF invitations.