Olympics - Kenya's Olympic team leader charged, denies stealing $256K
Kenya's team leader at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics stole $256,000 from government and sports authorities meant for the athletes' and officials' stay at the games, prosecutors alleged in court yesterday. Stephen Arap Soi, Kenya's chef de mission at the Olympics last month, denied five counts of stealing money. Prosecutors said he took $234,000 with him on a flight to Brazil without declaring it to customs officials, and which then went missing, and stole the remaining $22,000 in smaller amounts on separate occasions. The money belonged to the National Olympic Committee of Kenya, Athletics Kenya, or the sports ministry, prosecutors said. Two other officials, Kenyan Olympic committee vice president Pius Ochieng and secretary general Francis Kinyili Paul, appeared alongside Soi in a Nairobi court, and denied charges of stealing Olympic team uniforms provided by sponsor Nike.