Kenyan Athletics Team has never won any Adidas Jersey to any World event as its contract between Athletics Kenya (AK) and National Olympic Committee of Kenya (Noc-k) has been purely with Nike for the last twenty years.
National Assembly Majority Leader Kimani Ichung’wah a week ago made a scathing attack on the Sports Cabinet Secretary; Ababu Namwamba, the systematic malignment has been echoed by Uasin Gishu woman representative and Deputy Speaker Gladys Shollei, who have accused Namwamba of running down the ministry and misusing resources while putting athletes through misery.
Shollei claimed that Kenyan athletes have been wearing fake uniforms including counterfeit Adidas shoes procured by the ministry, however the National teams for international assignments has been kitted by Nike over the years.
“Our team that went to Tunisia for the games were wearing fake Adidas sports shoes from River Road in Nairobi. The team that went to Tobago was also wearing fake uniforms.” Said Shollei.
Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei, while supporting what the Majority Leader had said, could not even recall which type of event the country is participating in when he said Olympics in Budapest instead of World Athletics Championships.
“How can ministry officials fly first class with their girlfriends to the Olympics in Budapest, Hungary at the expense of our athletes? “said Cherargei.
The CS who has done tremendous work when he prevented the World Athletics from banning the country for anti-doping violations by inviting the World Athletics president Sebastian Coe at his Maktaba office.
Namwamba was also first to award legendary sports personality in the country, who had earlier been neglected by previous regimes.
The government initiative of Talanta Hela spearheaded by the CS has revolutionalised the sporting and creative industry.