The International Olympics Committee has written to the National Olympic Committee of Kenya President Kipchoge Keino warning that Kenya risks a ban for interference government.
Cabinet secretary for sport Dr. Hassan Wario came out this week blazing and defended the action he took to disband National Olympic Committee.
“NOCK is disbanded and there is no turning back, the decision is painful but it was necessary to redeem the image of beloved country, Wario said”. IOC rules don’t allow government interference.
Last week Dr. Keino was grilled by DCI and denied any wrongdoing and insisted he will not resign. His fellow officials Stephen Soi, James Chacha and Francis Paul were detained for mismanagement.
NOC has come under intense criticism following how they handled the Rio Olympics.
“We ask that the cabinet secretary goes slowly on this issue because we are on the radar of the international watch dogs,” Athletics President General (rtd) Jackson Tuwei said when they met the Sports CS.
He further said, “We need to engage IOC on a diplomatic way on how we can save our save our athletes and our federations.”
IOC has now stepped in and they have urged Keino to forward the same statement to relevant government officials as they continue to monitor the situation.
Part of the statement reads, “we sincerely hope that the present situation will be rectified without delay, failing to which the IOC would unfortunately be forced to consider protective measures vis a vis your NOCK and the Olympic charter”
IOC has further offered to mediate between the two parties after a section of NOCK officials were arrested for mismanagement. IOC says they can organize a meeting between NOCK and the government in Lausanne, Switzerland in a bid to end the stalemate.