Athletics Kenya (AK) has been accused of conspiring with agents and coaches to have the controversial athletes Training Camp in Keringet closed for personal benefits.
Jonson Kibet Ngetich accused of sexually molesting female athletes in the camp said there was a deliberate attempt by AK and its conspirators to soil the camp’s name with an objective of taking away athletes from the camp to join other stables.
He dismissed the claims saying the reports were fabrications and aimed at bringing him and the camp down.
“There is someone in the federation who is fighting me and the camp using the federation so that they can have a piece of the prized cherries (athletes) from the camp once its closed down,” said Ngetich.
Ngetich said the scheme was hatched upon the death of the camp’s founder late Kimutai Ngetich who was running it driven by the insatiable desire of the talented athletes training there for their own personal benefits.
He said that he has evidence through recordings of those involved in the scheme of having the camp shut in order to take away the athletes.
Meryline Lasoi a teacher at Winners Girls Seconday School has taken four girls Jackline Chepkoech, Diborah Cherono, Sharon Chepngetich and recently Josphine Wanjiku.
He said there were intentions to move the girls to Nairobi’s Riruta Satellite which gives scholarships to athletes being handled by a local coach and an agent with connections at the AK headquarters.
Ngetich said he will not allow AK and others in the scheme to derail the sweat, good work and legacy left by the late Kimutai to go in vain and will fight to the last straw.
He threatened to sue the local athletics governing body AK for defamation of character and attempted intentions of interfering with lives of young talented athletes from benefiting and growing in the sport.
Ngetich said he is wrongly implicated by being referred to as the camp’s in charge which he denies he has no role in the camp saying that he is still an active athlete but only houses the athletes in his house.
“I stay with three junior athletes World U18 bronze medallist Edinah Jebitok,ViolaChepkirui and Deborah Chemutai whom we are related. How can you molest your relatives or sleep with them?” posed Ngetich.
He said he is an active athlete staying together with his wife Emmy Chepkirui who is also an active athlete and has never been a coach nor physio as AK purports.
He added: “We have our own physiotherapy one Jones Mutai who does massage on us and the three young athletes.”
Athletics Kenya (AK) is investigating a camp in Keringet, Nakuru County over alleged complains over molesting of junior girls training there.
According to the association, investigations are at an advanced stage following complains emanating from the said camp in Nakuru.
The federation has set up an investigation team led by the AK Youth committee Chairman Baranaba ‘Governor’ Korir, AK executive member Elizabeth Keitany and Japheth Kemei the secretary of AK South Rift Branch.
In 2015, former AK President, the late Isaiah Kiplagat, ordered the closure of the Nakuru-based Keringet Camp for what he termed as “manipulating of athletes.
Renowned coach Charles Ng’eno, who ran the camp, was subsequently banned for life by AK