Chaos at Noc-k as meet aborts

Con­sul­ta­tive meet­ing fea­tur­ing af­fil­i­ates fails to start at Noc-K

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International - BY MUIGAI KIGURU @muigaikig­uru

Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee of Kenya suf­fered a set­back yes­ter­day af­ter a meet­ing chaired by As­so­ci­a­tion of Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tees of Africa (Anoca) pres­i­dent Las­sana Palenfo ended in dis­ar­ray fol­low­ing an in­va­sion by plac­ard wield­ing pro­tes­tors.

The pro­test­ers de­manded the re­moval/res­ig­na­tion of the NOC hi­er­ar­chy fol­low­ing re­cent cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions lev­elled against the same and which are cur­rently the sub­ject of court pro­ceed­ings. The Noc-k had called for a con­sul­ta­tive meet­ing fea­tur­ing their 21 af­fil­i­ates to, among oth­ers, ex­tend the dis­cus­sions on the con­sti­tu­tional re­view process and elec­toral pro­ce­dures as re­quired by the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee.

Palenfo was in the coun­try on a fact find­ing mis­sion as spe­cial en­voy of the IOC in an ef­fort to break the im­passe be­tween Noc-k, their af­fil­i­ates and the gov­ern­ment.

He was also ex­pected to meet Cabi­net Sec­re­tary for Sports, Cul­ture and Arts Has­san Wario.

The Anoca pres­i­dent said as far as IOC were con­cerned they do not recog­nise the re­cent sus­pen­sion slapped on Noc-k by the gov­ern­ment.

Noc-k pres­i­dent Kip­choge Keino mean­while ac­cused and crit­i­cised the af­fil­i­ates for al­legedly hir­ing trou­ble mak­ers

“The meet­ing was meant for Noc-k af­fil­i­ates where each mem­ber fed­er­a­tion was ex­pected to send one rep­re­sen­ta­tive each but I was sur­prised by the big num­ber of none mem­bers who turned up,” he said.

“It is also asham­ing for that to be done be­fore im­por­tant vis­i­tors since it has painted the coun­try in a bad light,” he lamented.

Keino said Kenya risked a ban for the un­be­com­ing con­duct as the ac­tion seemed to be un­der­min­ing an of­fice that has a le­gal ba­sis.

Mean­while af­fil­i­ates led by Noc -k in­terim com­mit­tee sec­re­tary An­drew Mudibo said the meet­ing did not bring forth any fruits as they are still locked in a dead­lock with the um­brella body. Mudibo said they will pur­sue the is­sue with IOC.

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