Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario disbanded the National Olympic Committee of Kenya on Thursday and transferred its duties to Sports Kenya.
Wario, who has come under pressure following complaints of mismanagement of Team Kenya at the Rio Olympics, also said he had formed a team to probe the fiasco and report by September 30.
But According to IOC the story is totally different, it says, “NOCs have the exclusive authority for the representation of their respective countries at the Olympic Games and at the regional, continental or world multi-sports competitions patronised by the IOC.”
Article 27.3 of the IOC charter says, “Only National Olympic Committees (NOCs) have the exclusive authority to enter teams in all competitions patronised by it.”
This means that Sports Kenya, which has now taken over the role of the National Olympic of Kenya (NOCK), will not be recognised by the IOC and the Olympic Charter expressly states that the IOC board will not hesitate to sanction its affiliates in case of infringement of the charter.
Article 27.6 further says, “Olympic Committees must preserve their autonomy and resist pressures of any kind, including but not limited to political, legal, religious or economic pressure, which may prevent them from complying with the charter.”
Sports cabinet secretary didn’t look at the repercussion while making the move that would result in severe consequences that will lead Kenya not participating in any future Olympic, All Africa and the Commonwealth games.
Kuwait is one of the country that was banned from this year’s Olympics after it was suspended on due to undue government interference.
Kuwait athletes were however allowed to compete under the banner of the IOC and referred to as Independent Olympic Athletes.