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Hassan Wario buys his freedom

Former Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario has been released after buying his freedom after paying a fine imposed by Nairobi court for misusing Rio de Janeiro 2016.

The Anti-corruption magistrate Elizabeth Juma said the Prosecution had proven Wario had a role in the embezzlement of funds allocated to the National Olympic committee of Kenya (NOCK) to oversee the welfare of Kenyan representatives to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Wario was fined Ksh3.6 million in the afternoon Anti-corruption magistrate court Magistrate found guilty of abusing his office.

But in a few hours, Wario was set free after paying the fine and avoiding to be jailed for six years as the judgment was read out by the Magistrate.

His co-accuser and former Olympics team leader and ex-Nock Stephen Arap Soi, has been fined Sh105 million, or he is to serve 12 years in prison in default

Soi sought to have his sentence and fine suspended pending appeal but the court declined.

On Wednesday, Juma said Wario took advantage of his office by sending Adan Enow, Richard Abura and Monica Sairo to the Rio games. Their improper trip to Brazil resulted in a loss of public funds

Hassan Wario sentenced to six years in Prison

Former Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario has been found guilty and sentenced to six years imprisonment.

Hassan Wario has been found guilty of abuse of office and misuse of public funds.

The Anti-corruption magistrate Elizabeth Juma said the Prosecution had proven Wario had a role in the embezzlement of funds allocated to the National Olympic committee of Kenya (NOCK) to oversee the welfare of Kenyan representatives to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Hassan Wario found guilty for misuse of Rio Olympic funds

Former Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario has been found guilty of abuse of office and misuse of public funds.

Former National Olympic committee of Kenya official Stephen Soi was found guilty of willfully failing to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines relating to management of public funds as well as abuse of office.

Former Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario has been found guilty of abuse of office and misuse of public funds.

Former National Olympic committee of Kenya official Stephen Soi was found guilty of willfully failing to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines relating to management of public funds as well as abuse of office.

Anti-corruption magistrate Elizabeth Juma said the Prosecution had proven Wario had a role in the embezzlement of funds allocated to the NOCK) to oversee the welfare of Kenyan representatives to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The magistrate said there was wastage of money during the Rio fiasco and Wario did not have a mandate to allow the additional three people to travel as Team Kenya.

They are Monica Sairo, Richard Abura and Edan Adow.

The report which was compiled by an investigation team led by Paul Ochieng, the Dean of Students at Strathmore University said, at least Sh88.6 million was reported to have been embezzled, an investigation ordered by the Sports ministry revealed in November 2016.

The courts, however, established that the then-Sports ministry officials couldn’t account for Sh54 million.

Wario will be detained at the Gigiri Police Station, pending his sentencing on Thursday, September 16.

All the other accused persons were also acquitted on the charges leveled against them for lack of sufficient evidence.

Former PS Richard Ekai is among those who were acquitted on Wednesday.

Others are Haron Komen, former director of administration at the Ministry of Sports, Francis Kinyili and Patrick Kimathi Nkabu.

Court Summons Legendary Kipchoge Keino to face Graft Charges

The legendary and Kenya’s celebrated athlete Kipchoge Keino has been summoned to appear in court over the 2016 Rio Olympics scandal over misappropriation of Ksh.55 million.

Anti-Corruption court Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti directed Keino a former National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) chairman to appear in court on Friday, (October 19) alongside ex Sports minister Dr Hasan Wario.

Keino and Wario, who is currently Kenya’s ambassador to Austria, are set to face graft charges alongside other NOCK officials and Ministry of Sports officers  implicated in the misappropriation of funds that were set aside for the Rio Olympic games.

Keino and Wario were expected to appear in court on Monday together former Principal Secretary Richard Ekai, the then Rio Games Chief De Mission Stephen Soi and NOCK Secretary General Francis Kinyili. To face graft charges but the duo were not available.

According to Keino, through his lawyer asked to be excused from Monday’s appearance because was out of the country and will be back on Thursday.

The Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti issued an arrest warrant for Wario’s arrest through Interpol.

 

Youth Olympics: IOC locks out Kenyan Athletes

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has rejected a list of athletes that never took part in the Africa Youth Games from participating in the fourth coming Youth Olympics.

Team Kenya Chef de Mission to the Games, Anthony Kariuki, said that efforts by the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) to have athletes who attained qualifying marks from other championships besides the Africa Youth Games were rejected by IOC.

“The IOC insisted that the selection of athletes drawn from various disciplines be based on those that participated at Africa Youth Games held July 18-28 in Algiers, Algeria which they consider as the Youth Olympics qualifiers.

Disclosed Monday that the team was selected exclusively from disciplines that took part

Kariuki noted that their efforts to lobby for athletes who attained qualifying marks from other championships besides the Africa Youth Games hit a snag after the organisers turned down their request.

That effectively locks out plans by

IOC’s decision means that plans by Athletics Kenya (AK) to include athletes who have qualifying times away from the Africa Youth Games has hit a snag.

Consequently, the decision means that Kenya will now be represented by five boys and five girls in athletics.

They include javelin throwers Martha Nthanza Musai, winner of gold in girls’ category at the Africa Youth Games and silver medalist Ita Nao.

They include gold medalist at the Africa Youth Games including Fancy Cherono (2,000m steeplechase), World Under-18 1,500m bronze medallist Edinah Jebitok (1500m, girls) and Nickson Pariken (1500m, boys).

Silver medalists Dennis Mutuku Matheka (2,000m steeplechase) and Angela Ndungwa (800m)

The bronze winners in the team are Mercy Chepkorir (3000m) who missed out on World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland owing to faulty traveling documents, Jackson Kavesa (3000m) and East Africa Secondary Schools champion Francis Leshoo (800m).

At the previous Youth Olympics in Nanjing in 2014, China, Kenya secured five medals which included two gold, two silver and one bronze all from athletics.

The third edition of the Youth Olympics will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 6-18. It will be the first Summer Youth Olympic Games to be held outside of Asia (also first in the Southern and Western Hemispheres), and the first Youth Games for either summer or winter to be held outside Eurasia.

Tegla Loroupe, Humphrey Kayange Appointed In the Sports Academy Board

Sports cabinet secretary Rashid Echesa has appointed two time New York marathon champion Tegla Loroupe and Humphrey Kayanage into the the Board of the Kenya Academy Of Sports Council.

In a gazette notice signed by Echesa, the effect starts on Thursday for a period of three years.

The Kenya Academy of Sports is a state corporation established under the Sports Act to develop sports talents through formation and management of academies, training and research for global competitiveness and sustainable socio-economic growth in Kenya.

Following their exploits in athletics and Rugby, Loroupe and Kayange have competed for the country in various competitions.

The former Boston marathon champion Loroupe is a three-time World Half-Marathon champion and first African woman to win New York City Marathon.

Kayange on the other hand has aided the Kenya Sevens achieve in the HSBC Sevens World Series before retiring early this year.

He is a member in the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK).

Source: dailysport.co.ke

Athletics Kenya is corrupt, inept, Says NOCK Official

The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) Marketing Commission official Donald Kipkorir has put Athletics Kenya (AK) on notice citing poor leadership.

Kipkorir accused the AK officials of poor leadership, being corrupt, and self-seekers and having outlived their usefulness.

“Athletics Kenya (AK) is corrupt, inept, parasitic & useless …,” he said from his twitter handle @DonaldBKipkorir.

The lawyer said athletics being the goose that lays the golden egg by virtue of being the sport that brings glory and markets Kenya abroad needs fresh blood to be injected in the federation with a crop of new competent and committed officials.

“Kenya needs a new World Class AK,” he implored.


Kipkorir who is a prominent lawyer in Kenya wondered why the country is an athletics powerhouse in the world but there’s nothing to celebrate about our athletes who have been bringing glory to country in international events.

“Kenya is World Superpower when it comes to Athletics, yet our Athletes are Poor, Miserable, Illiterate & Gullible…” he said.

The lawyer accused AK of the problems facing three times metric mile world champion Asbel Kiprop who is facing a glaring IAAF ban over alleged used banned performance substances.

“Asbel Kiprop is Symptomatic Of all that is wrong with AK ….,” he quipped.

Tergat to Face off Keino in Plascom Run

The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) President Paul Tergat will face former athletics pacemaker Martin Keino in the Plascon Colour Run 5km run on August 11 at Nairobi’s Uhuru Gardens.

Tergat a former World marathon record holder and Martin the 1994 NCAA cross country and 1995 NCAA 5000-meter champion at the University of Arizona, son of double Olympic gold medalist Kipchoge Keino have confirmed their participation in the event meant for a charitable course.

The run which is targeting 5000 participants will see the top five runners being offered to select a project of their choice in the informal settlements of having 20 roofs of buildings each given a new coat of paint courtesy of the title sponsors paint makers Kansai Plascon.

The Kenya Colour Run Event Director Felix Mwaura said they are using sports to initiate the project through fundraising to raise funds to cater for needy and bright students from poor backgrounds to access education.

Jeetan Makan and Mihira Patel of Kansai Plascon Kenya and Felix
Mwaura of Kenya Colour Run at the launch of the 2018 Plascon Colour Run.

The participation fee is Sh1000 for adults and Sh500 for children with corporates who have a special entry package urged to get involved and promote the initiative as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes.

According to the organisers, tickets are available by simply dialling *229*38# or online at www.mtickets.com

Plascon has injected Sh3 million in the Kenya Colour Run which is a creative 5km run that involves participants of all abilities and ages being doused from head to toe with coloured powder while they sprint, jog or walk 5km route on a marked course.

The course route has five colour stations where the participants will be doused with paint and the winner will be determined by the intensity of being coloured.

The event originated from India as the “Holi Festival” and is today a global event that promotes health and wellness by bringing the community together to participate in the “Most Creative 5K Run.”

Event MC Oga Obinna and Plascon Kenya Marketing Manager, Mihira
Patel ready to colour your world at the 2018 Plascon Colour Run

The inaugural Kenya Colour Run event was in Nairobi in June 2017 aimed at promoting peace awareness in midst of campaigns and elections ahead of the country’s general elections last August.

South Africa was the first country to host Color Run in Africa, followed by Zimbabwe in 2013.

Kenya Colour Run is under Africa Colour Run that organize events in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

The Kenya Colour Run is entirely focused on fun so there is no competitive atmosphere, no recorded times and no age restrictions, all that matters is that the participants enjoy themselves and finish covered in loads of colour.