May 7, 2010 / 6:32 PM / 9 years ago

Bekele, Richards-Ross to miss Diamond League opener

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - World champions Kenenisa Bekele and Sanya Richards-Ross will miss the Diamond League’s opening meeting in Doha on May 14 due to injuries, the IAAF said on Friday.

Bekele, an Olympic champion and world record holder in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, has been nursing a calf injury. The Ethiopian had been scheduled to run the 5,000 meters event in Doha.

American Richards-Ross, the world 400 meters champion, has been slowed by a quadriceps injury.

Both runners are expected to make a full recovery and return to competition soon, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said in a release.

Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Steve Ginsburg

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