Hassan Wario

Nairobi, Aug 25 (IANS) Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Sports Hassan Wario was questioned by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) over irregularities during the just concluded Rio Olympics.

Wario was summoned for investigations on Wednesday following complaints of stealing of uniforms, accrediting bloated list of ‘joyriders’ at the expense of coaches some of whom were left out of the Rio Games and fraud in ticketing.

DIC Director Ndegwa Muhoro summoned him and asked him to go and help in unravelling the saga, reports Xinhua.

“The DCI called him to help in starting the probe into the complaints by the athletes at large. He did his part and he is not a suspect,” a police officer close to investigations said.

When he arrived at DCI headquarters, he was handed to a team from Serious Crime Unit that is pursuing the matter that took his statement.

Sources said Wario blamed the mess on National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) officials, who were handling the matter. Among those named and were being sought include Team Kenya’ s chef de mission Stephen arap Soi and also NOCK deputy treasurer.

The distribution of kits to Kenya’s Olympic Team has been put under scrutiny after Nike registered disappointment with the manner in which NOCK officials handled the issue.

Furious Nike executive officials sought an explanation from the committee, sparking outrage across social media platforms in Kenya.

Wario told the officers he did not have the list of those who travelled to Rio because the matter was being handled by NOCK.

Also being sought was vice NOCK secretary general James Chacha Maroa and NOCK secretary-general Francis Katana Paul.

There were complaints more than 200 joyriders travelled to Rio for the just concluded Olympics affecting resources that were meant for the athletes, their coaches and managers.

Some coaches were not accredited and had no access to the training facilities where their services were needed, athletes complained. The team pursuing the matter will also interrogate a number of athletes as part of their probe.

There were complaints sports kits for athletes were stolen, allowances not paid and the athletes were mistreated in general.

Despite the fiasco, the athletes performed well getting six gold, six silver and one bronze and finished position 15 and first in Africa.

Kenya was officially represented by 52 athletes, three boxers, 14 rugby players, one archery player, two swimmers, one weightlifter and one judoka and 30 members of the technical team.

Others included 14 members of the Steering Committee, 14 from NOCK, seven administrative staff and two officials from Treasury making the total figure 178.

But the list was bloated which is said to have included relatives and friends hitting 250.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto and opposition leader Raila Odinga have demanded answers on how the issue was run.

  • SHARE

    The IANS was founded by Indian American publisher Gopal Raju as the India Abroad News Service. It was later renamed the Indo-Asian News Service.

    Related Posts

    Volgograd hotel jacks prices 20 times for World Cup

    Volgograd, Dec 16: Russias consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor has initiated an administrative case in regard to a hotel in Volgograd for inflating prices by over...

    Bravo doubtful of return to Windies team

    Sharjah, Dec 16: West Windies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has expressed doubts on his possible return to national colours in any format. Bravo, who last represented the...

    Ranji Trophy: Karnataka favourites against Vidarbha

    Kolkata, Dec 16: Eight-time champions Karnataka will be hot favourites against Vidarbha who are still not sure of the services of India speedster Umesh Yadav...

    Knee injury forces Sania to miss Australian Open

    Kolkata, Dec 16: Indian tennis star Sania Mirza said on Saturday that she will not be taking part in the Australian Open early next year...

    Man Utd still in title race: Matic

    Manchester, Dec 16: Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic said on Saturday that Manchester United are not out of the race for the English Premier League (EPL)...