The Hague, Netherlands – Olympic Champion and world 5,000m and 10,000m record holder Kenenisa Bekele is forced to skip the Bislett Games in Oslo and the Rome meeting due to a calf-injury he sustained while training on a hard surface in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, said Jos Hermens, the athlete’s agent. 

Hermens told Reuters that doctors in the Netherlands conducted a series of scans and examinations and concluded on Thursday that his injury was actually a rupture, which will require Kenenisa to take up to 2 months of rest. 

Hermens pointed out that Kenenisa, who will turn 28 in two weeks, will need lots of rest to nurse his injury, and that he prefers that he takes the rest of the year off, so that he can come back strong for the next season.

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