Professional Athletes Association of Kenya (PAAK) has come out to criticize the move by the government of sending only four athletes to the Youth Commonwealth Games set for next month in Nassa,Bahamas.
Led by the Secretary General Gilbert Kiplom, they said the incident is not good for young athletes whose talent risk.
“This is an insult to the athletic fraternity. The government’s stand that it is unable to fund the team to Bahamas in just baseless,” Kiplom said.
The six Youth Commonwealth Games will be held in Nassau in Bahamas from July 18 to 23.
“I think there is something they are not telling us.LOC is crying foul it has no enough resources yet the government is boldly saying it has financed it. I think an audit should be done to ascertain the monetary value lest we are staring at another Rio scandal,” Kiplom said.
The year 2010 Commonwealth Games marathon champion John Kelai said it is a big failure for the country if it will send the four athletes to the games.
“It is ridiculous to hear a whole Kenyan ministry that the country lacks finances. This is a big failure as a country,”Kelai said.
He said Youth Commonwealth Games will stimulate many talents for the prestigious elite events like World championships and Olympic Games.
“That is where the talent is building through gaining experienced globally. Unless Kenya is no longer interested in supporting talents,” He added.
National Olympic Committee of Kenya had planned to take 41 athletes to the Games.
While saying that a lot of funds is being squandered in organising such events, Kiplom said a proper audit for the Olympic trials, Rio Olympics and other championships should be done.
“Many cases of misappropriation of funds are reported but they are never followed up. For example Rio scandal has never been concluded yet it was clear that money was lost. We should seal the loopholes so that we can have enough money for future evnets,” Kiplom explained.