The action taken by Cabinet secretary Hassan Wario to disband the National Olympic committee was not in accordance with the Olympic Charter and should not be encouraged at any cost.
According to Olympic Charter, IOC does not condone political or government interference in the National Olympic Committee activities.
Chapter four of the Charter, which deals with National Olympic Committees, guards against any external interference.
“National Olympic Committees must be completely independent and autonomous and entirely removed from political, religious or commercial influence to conform to the rules and regulations of the IOC,” states Article 24 of the Olympic Charter.
Several countries around the world have over the years been suspended by IOC due to political interference from their relevant national governments.
We indulge more from Athletics Kenya Vice President,Mr. Jinaro Kibet who is also a lawyer by profession on the same and he said,” First and foremost, the actions of some officials of NOCK against our athletes was despicable and must be condemned at all costs.
We feel terrible at the manner in which it is reported that the athletes were handled. If the reports are true, it was a total shame and heads should be rolling.
However, actions must be taken in accordance with the laid down procedures. This is what the rule of law is all about. The Olympic charter protects NOC’s from interference and any action taken must be in accordance with the Charter otherwise you risk the wrath of the IOC.
The Government of Kenya is the biggest funder of NOCK and the CS could have easily dealt with the individuals concerned rather than the Institution as a whole. The institution is governed by its own constitution’’
we may soon feel the wrath of IOC, because according to the IOC charter Article 27.9 says, “Apart from the measures and sanctions provided in the case of infringement of the Olympic Charter, the IOC Executive Board may take any appropriate decisions for the protection of the Olympic Movement in the country of an NOC, including suspension of or withdrawal of recognition from such NOC if the constitution, law or other regulations in force in the country concerned, or any act by any governmental or other body causes the activity of the NOC or the making or expression of its will to be hampered. The IOC Executive Board shall offer such NOC an opportunity to be heard before any such decision is taken”