Re­turn Rio cash, probe team says

Four ath­letes told to re­im­burse monies paid to them af­ter fail­ing to travel to Brazil

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

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games Probe Com­mit­tee has rec­om­mended that four in­di­vid­u­als re­turn monies they utilised de­spite not play­ing a part in the XXXI Olympiad.

The com­mit­tee wants sprinter Boni­face Mw­eresa, hur­dler Kiprono Koskei, 5000m run­ner Thomas Lon­gosiwa to re­fund the over­seas al­lowances paid to them de­spite not trav­el­ling to Brazil.

The trio were paid the al­lowances along­side Mau­rine Mu­tuku, who never trav­elled to Rio due to ill­ness but was “quite ex­em­plary” to re­turn the al­lowances.

Mw­eresa, Koskei and Lon­gosiwa re­ceived Sh761, 833.50 de­spite not trav­el­ling to Rio where they were named as re­serves.

In ad­di­tion, the com­mit­tee, formed to in­ves­ti­gate the sham- bolic man­age­ment of Team Kenya be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the Games, has rec­om­mended that Vin­cent Kiny­ili Paul, son of Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee of Kenya sec­re­tary gen­eral Fran­cis Kiny­ili to re­fund the ticket money granted to him by the min­istry of sports, cul­ture and the arts.

“It is worth point­ing out that Vin­cent Kiny­ili Paul was nei­ther a Team Kenya of­fi­cial nor an ath­lete. They need to re­fund the ticket money,” said the report.

The report also rec­om­mended that gov­ern­ment al­lowance rates by the salaries and re­mu­ner­a­tions com­mit­tee be used at all times to avoid ex­cess pay­ment.

“Ath­letes were sup­posed to be paid USD200 per day for al­lowances, but they were paid at USD250 per day,” said the report, adding: “Ath­letes and of­fi­cials should be paid for the num­ber of days they are out of the coun­try as op­posed to a pay­ing for the whole du­ra­tion of the games yet it was en­vi­sioned that once a team has com­pleted its com­pe­ti­tions they should re­turn back.”

In ad­di­tion, the report also claims ex­pelled team man­ager Michael Rotich and coach John An­zara re­ceived full amounts of their over­seas al­lowances de­spite re­turn­ing home be­fore the com­ple­tion of the days they were meant to be in Rio.

Anzrah was sent home by the chef de mis­sion for us­ing Fer­gu­son Rotich’s ac­cred­i­ta­tion card to ac­cess the ath­letes’ din­ing area while Rotich was kicked out af­ter Ger­man tele­vi­sion chan­nel ARD and The Times of Lon­don al­leged that he had so­licited pay­ment to alert ath­letes on up­com­ing ran­dom out of com­pe­ti­tion tests.

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