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Hassan Wario (centre) receives the Rio 2016 Probe Committee’s report from the group’s chairman Paul Ochieng in the presence of other members of it at Kencom House in Nairobi on October 28, 2016

Another day and another big money scandal for taxpayers to process before the next one!

Sports Ministry and National Olympics Committee-Kenya (Nock) officials embezzled Sh88 million meant for air tickets to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, according to a report by the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games Probe Committee.

The report was handed to President Uhuru Kenyatta by Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario last week.

Nock officials are also required to account for the Ksh126m per year they receive from Nike on behalf of the athletes.

“Some ministry officials misappropriated Ksh88, 611,480 meant for air tickets while Nock has been misappropriating Nike contract funds and kit worth amounting to Ksh126m per year meant for athletes since 2013,” reads the report.

Nike gives $15,000 (Sh1.5 million) to Nock for each gold medal won at the Olympic Games, $7,500 (Sh750,000) for silver and $5,000 (Sh500,000) for bronze.

Kenya’s Olympic medal winning athletes including the reigning 5,000 metres champion Vivian Cheruiyot, former 1,500m champion Asbel Kiprop and multiple steeplechase medallist Ezekiel Kemboi told a local daily that they had never been paid any Nike bonuses for their medals.

The Probe committee recommends that strict action be taken against those found culpable.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to make the report public and announce measures to be taken against those adversely mentioned in the report.

Additional Reporting By Citizen


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