The National Olympics Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) has defended themselves from any corruption and mismanagement of funds at the concluded Tokyo Olympic Games held in Tokyo, Japan.
There was public outcry that there was funds mismanagement and top officials summoned to parliament to explain how the taxpayers money was used, NOC-K president Paul Tergat said that they have not misused any funds meant for athletes in Tokyo and their books are in order.
“We are clean and we have nothing to hide. Whatever you are seeing on social media buzz it will come to pass. For us, we are the most dependable team that Kenya has ever had,” said Tergat during the award ceremony of the Tokyo Olympians in Eldoret.
He added that since they were athletes and understood the welfare of athletes, they could not indulge in corruption deals that could sabotage athletes’ efforts in enjoying their sweat as well as killing their integrity.
“Majority of us who are leading this team are former athletes and we understand what it takes to be one. We cannot engage in funds mismanagement yet we were there during those days. We care much about athletes and that is why integrity had to come first before anything else,” said Tergat.
Waithaka Kioni who was the Chef De Mission, defended his move to Tokyo by avoiding carrying cash but allowed the ministry to deposit the amount in banks.
“Before heading to Tokyo, I was told to carry money in cash but my integrity could not allow me to do that and decided that the money should be deposited in a bank account, not me. I went there very clean and returned clean too,” said Kioni.
He added that he did that to avoid the devil of Rio de Janeiro to follow a reputable team to Tokyo.
This comes after the 2016 Rio de janeiro Games Chef de Mission Stephen Soi was jailed for mismanagement of funds meant for athletes. He was judged alongside former Cabinet Secretary for Sports Hassan Wario.