Kenya athletes threaten boycott
14 July 2014, 22:30
Glasgow - Athletes from several codes have threatened to boycott the
Glasgow Commonwealth Games if their allowances aren't paid.
The athletes, representing Judo, Kenya Sevens rugby and
shooting and Track and Field, have also vowed not to travel to the Scottish
city if their allowances aren't paid in full.
Sports Commissioner Gordon Oluoch promised last week that
half the team's overseas allowances will be paid on Friday last week, but those
promises never materialised after the funds were reportedly not released from
the bank on time.
As a result, Team Kenya Chief James Chacha promised that the
funds would be reflected in their respective bank accounts early this week, but
many senior members of the team are loathe to believe him.
“The government even promised to refund the money we used
for transport when we returned the national flag at State House but we have
never seen a penny,” one of the athletes, who wanted to remain anonymous, told Daily
“We shall not board that plane without our allowances. Some
of us have families and we want to leave something behind.”
The 195 Kenyan athletes that have entered the competition
will each earn KES 522,000 for the 24 days they will spend in