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Kenyans risks IOC ban after failing to amend old constitution

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya will now wait for the verdict from International Olympic Committee (IOC) to know if a pending ban will be slapped on them after its national body declined to change its constitution as required.

IOC, which had two of its officials in Nairobi Tuesday as observers during a stormy Extra Ordinary Meeting, had asked Kenya to amend its laws but the officials voted down the proposal. This comes after it was reported that Kenyan athletes were mistreated during the Olympic games in Rio last year.

The amended constitution required a total of 22 votes in the affirmative but the incumbent officials (13) voted as a block against it.

Interim Nock (national Olympic committee of Kenya) Secretary General, Andrew Mudibo who heads the table tennis sport, said the incumbent official move to stick to the old constitution was aimed at scuttling reforms in the federation.

“The document was a negotiated agreement. They view us hurdles and they want to keep their house. The reason we have been fighting for this document to pass was the Executive has a majority of the vote within themselves. They have a headstart of 11 votes against possible 30,” said Mudibo.

There was no word from observers from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (Anoca).

Jerome Poivey, the head of institutional relations and governance at the IOC, and Mohamed Azzoug, Anoca President’ s chief of staff were present.

The General Assembly, initially called last week on Tuesday, ended prematurely when Nock President Kipchoge Keino called it off after delegates failed to agree on several components in the draft constitution, prompting for the new date at which the votes were cast.

“If you bring politics in sports, then we are not building this country. We want our youth to perform well worldwide, we were number 15 overall at the Rio Olympics, number one in Africa and number two overall in athletics. We want to improve in other sports.

“Athletes were not mistreated. If the team was mistreated, they would not have come home with six gold, six silver and a bronze, the team was taken care of and performed well,” said Keino.

The country now risks a ban from the IOC who had insisted that Nock elections must be held under a new constitution before the end of March of this year.

However, Nock assist secretary general James Chacha said it’s not the executive that shot down the new constitution but the General Assembly. They plan to have the elections now in June under the old constitution.




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