efe-epaBirmingham, UK

Djiboutian middle-distance runner Ayanleh Souleiman is to miss the IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships held in Birmingham due to visa issues, his representing management company announced on Friday.

This is a blow to the tournament as Souleiman was one of the 1,500-meter contenders.

"Sad news, UK Embassy in Addis Ababa did not get a visa on time for Ayanleh Souleiman and he is not able to compete at the WIC!" PinedaSport, which represents the athlete, tweeted.

Souleiman is the second big star to miss the competition, which kicked off on Thursday, due to the same reason, following Kenyan Emmanuel Korir, who was favored to win the 800-meter race.