The International Olympics Committee has written to the NOC President Kipchoge Keino warning that Kenya risks a ban for government interference.
Two weeks ago, Sports CS Hassan Wario disbanded NOC following allegations of mismanagement during the 2016 Rio Olympics. IOC rules don’t allow government interference.
Keino was grilled last week by DCI and denied any wrongdoing and insisted he will not resign after his fellow officials Stephen Soi, James Chacha and FK Paul were arrested for mismanagement.
NOC has come under intense criticism following how they handled the Rio Olympics.
There are reports of missing kits as well as athletes officials failing to get proper accreditations at the expense of joy riders.
The move didn’t down well with President Uhuru Kenyatta who promised proper investigations into the same. As the pressure mounted on Wario, he moved quickly to disband NOC handing over their mandate to sports Kenya.
IOC has now stepped in and they have urged Keino to forward the same statement to relevant government officials as they continue to monitor the situation.
Part of the statement reads, “we sincerely hope that the present situation will be rectified without delay, failing to which the IOC would unfortunately be forced to consider protective measures vis a vis your NOC and the Olympic charter”
As a sign of a good gesture, IOC has further offered to mediate between the two parties after a section of NOC officials were arrested for mismanagement. IOC says they can organize a meeting between NOC and the government in Lausanne, Switzerland in a bid to end the stalemate.