Kenya sur­vive threat of ban

New Straits Times - - Sport -

NAIROBI: Kenya’s na­tional Olympic com­mit­tee have es­caped the threat of sus­pen­sion after fail­ing to adopt a new con­sti­tu­tion but fund­ing will con­tinue to be with­held un­til fur­ther no­tice, the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (IOC) said on Satur­day.

The IOC froze fi­nan­cial sup­port to Kenya nine days ago, after the coun­try’s trou­bled na­tional com­mit­tee (NOCK) failed to adopt a re­vised con­sti­tu­tion, and said they would dis­cuss the mat­ter at their ex­ec­u­tive board (EB) meet­ing in Pyeongchang this week, lead­ing to spec­u­la­tion that they might ban the coun­try.

How­ever, IOC deputy di­rec­tor gen­eral Pere Miro said a Kenyan un­der­tak­ing to bring in the new con­sti­tu­tion at a meet­ing later this month meant the IOC had stayed the threat of fur­ther ac­tion.

“The IOC EB noted, with dis­ap­point­ment, that your NOC failed to adopt their re­vised con­sti­tu­tion at their meet­ing on 7 March 2017,” Miro said in a let­ter to NOCK pres­i­dent Kip­choge Keino.

“How­ever, the IOC EB wel­comed the re­cent pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ments, as men­tioned in your let­ter dated 14 March 2017, in par­tic­u­lar the firm com­mit­ment from your NOC to rec­tify the sit­u­a­tion and the res­o­lu­tion signed by the mem­bers of your NOC ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee to sup­port the adop­tion of this re­vised con­sti­tu­tion at its next Ex­tra­or­di­nary Gen­eral As­sem­bly al­ready re­con­vened by your NOC on 28 March 2017.

“In view of this sig­nif­i­cant progress, no fur­ther ac­tion will be taken at this stage by the IOC. Nev­er­the­less, the IOC EB has con­firmed that all pay­ments of sub­si­dies to your NOC con­tinue to be on hold un­til fur­ther no­tice,” said the let­ter.

Sports Min­is­ter Has­san Wario had or­dered that the NOCK be dis­banded last Au­gust, say­ing the body had not ar­ranged ad­e­quate ac­com­mo­da­tion and travel for the Olympic team in Rio and had mis­han­dled other is­sues.

De­spite prob­lems in the build up to Rio, the East African na­tion en­joyed its most suc­cess­ful Olympics, win­ning six gold medals, six silver and one bronze, all in track and field. Reuters

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