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Relief as Yego makes it to Rio despite ticket hitch at JKIA

Javelin world champion Julius Yego has confirmed his arrival in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics despite the ticket hitch during the team’s departure at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Sunday.

Mr Yego confirmed his arrival to Kenyan sports journalist Carol Radull who shared the news via her Twitter handle.

Ms Radull said the world champion communicated with her of his arrival at 1:28am Kenyan time.

Ms Radull had earlier in her sports radio show rallied for Mr Yego’s coach, Joseph Mosonik, to be given a ticket to the Rio Olympics.

Kenyans on twitter went ham on the sports ministry for not having a ticket for the javelin champion, despite huge entourages that have escorted Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario to Rio de Janeiro.

Mr Yego’s ticket hitch caused drama at JKIA after other athletes boycotted boarding the plane.

He together with two other athletes were handed boarding passes to Luanda but it was not clear how they would connect to Rio de Janeiro.