Kenya disbands Olympic body over Rio disorder
26 August 2016, 18:24
Nairobi (Xinhua) -- Kenya on Thursday disbanded the
country' s National Olympic Committee (NOCK) over claims of
mismanagement and financial impropriety during the just concluded
Rio Olympic Games.
Cabinet Secretary for Sports Hassan Wario also transferred the
responsibilities of the NOCK to Sports Kenya, a government
quasi-body that will set up the calendar for elections of the new
"I do hereby disband the National Olympic Committee of Kenya
with immediate effect and transfer the responsibilities to Sports
Kenya as the interim custodian," Wario told journalists in
The CS also set up a committee to investigate all allegations of
mismanagement during the Rio Olympics and present its report by
"I constitute a probe committee to carry out an independent
inquiry of the alleged mismanagement and present the report to me
by Sept," Wario said in Nairobi.
He said the measures are in addition to his request to the
directorate of criminal investigations to carry out investigations
on the said mismanagement allegations.
He admitted that the perennial problem of missing kits and
disgraceful sideshows dampened the spirits of the athletes in
He cited Kenya' s Sports Act 2013 as the legislation that gave
him powers to disband NOCK. "NOCK officials assured that kits and
accommodation were in place. Enough is enough, we cannot keep
implementing the Sports Act with the perennial problem pulling us
back. It not only violates the Sports Act but also the Olympic
Charter," Wario said.
Wario directed every sports federation to start working towards
regaining Kenya' s lost glory in the respective sports under the
"Kenya was a major cricketing body, we are never short of talent
but we seem to be short of good managers. It is a chance for you to
put your house in order and realize there is law in town called the
Sports Act. If you don' t comply with it, it is up to you," Wario
The CS also refuted reports that he had been grilled by the
Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) adding that in no way
should he be held responsible for shambolic mishaps witnessed
within Team Kenya' s camp at the Rio Games.
However, NOCK Secretary General, Francis Katana Paul, said the
government has no powers to disband the association.
"I am not aware where the minister derived such powers from to
make such a decision. Ours is not a government office and we will
be in the office as usual tomorrow to carry out our mandated
duties," Paul told Xinhua.