(Xinhua) -- Kenya’s National
Olympics Committee (Nock) Executive agreed Tuesday to
forestall possible International Olympics Committee
(IOC) sanctions by agreeing to adopt a new constitution.
The IOC announced last week it would discuss the errant
Nock at its Executive Board meeting in South Korea on
Thursday and Friday with a view of taking action against
Kenya with the threat of an Olympics ban in the offing.
This is after senior Nock officials voted on Tuesday
last week to defeat the adoption of a new constitution
following a tri-partite agreement between the embattled
national body, the Kenyan government and the IOC itself.
In a communication sent to all Nock affiliates on
Tuesday, Secretary General, Francis Kinyili Paul who is
facing charges in court following the Rio 2016 scandal
that landed the body in trouble last year, announced an
Extraordinary Meeting would be held on March 28 in
He then attached minutes from the last Extra Ordinary
meeting last week that purported to have resolved to
"adopt the new constitution".
This was contrary to the assertion by top Nock
Executive officials led by Olympic Laureate, Dr.
Kipchoge Keino, who declared the failure of the
constitution to garner the two-thirds majority in the
vote represented, "the will of the Kenyan people who
could not support a document they were not involved in
Keino, a revered two-time retired Olympics champion,
led 11 of his Executive office holders and two
federations to ensure the draft only garnered 19 votes
to 13, as it failed the required threshold for its
adoption and the calling of subsequent Nock elections.
The Nock boss further proclaimed fresh polls would be
held under the old constitution in June, in another
contravention of the IOC-brokered reform road map that
had set a late March ballot exercise.
In a swift clamp down, the IOC that had sent two
observers to Nairobi to oversee the Extra Ordinary
meeting announced two days later a freeze of all funding
"The IOC is disappointed with the position taken to
reject a road map it helped create in tripartite
agreement with Nock, affiliate federations and the
Kenyan government," a statement said.
Besides an Olympics ban, the IOC had the option of
sanctioning individual Nock officials who went against
their wishes including Keino who is a serving life
Honorary IOC Member.
The hardline stance adopted by the international body
seems to have forced the Kenyan officials into beating a
On Sunday, a local daily, The Standard published a
story calling for Keino, a respected figure in global
sport, who is considered to be the father of Kenyan
athletics, to exit leadership honorably since he risked
soiling his rich legacy.
The Nock boss, who has been in charge since 1999, is
reported to be interested in serving as a Honorary Life
Five items are listed on the agenda for the March 28
The new constitution will be subjected to a vote by a
‘show of hands’ as opposed to secret balloting in what
is a step meant to dissuade or deter those against its
The proposal and adoption (by the General Assembly)
of persons, who will form ‘the Independent Electoral
Board’ to oversee and conduct the election process for
the Electoral General Assembly, is also on the agenda.
"All Associations/ Federations shall be represented
by two delegates, with one delegate carrying voting
rights," the circular said.
The adoption of the draft constitution will pave way
for the setting of a date for fresh Nock elections that
could spell the end of the long reign of senior
Executives led by Keino.
The new constitution strips them of the right to vote
unlike the past where they have polled as a bloc to
prevent anyone outside the executive from ousting the
incumbent officials from power.
Andrew Mudibo, the Kenya Table Tennis Association
President welcomed the development that brings the end
of an era at Nock management closer.
"We are pleased to now that NOCK has this time
decided to follow the IOC directive that had been issued
on March 3, which had clear instructions on what needed
to be done.
"This time round we do believe that everyone
including the Executive will vote for the adoption of
the negotiated NOCK Constitution, so that Kenyan
sportsmen and sportswomen can be able to benefit in full
fruits from the Olympic Movement," Mudibo wrote in a
He was appointed who by Nock affiliates as Interim
Secretary General when Kenya’s Sports, Culture and the
Arts Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Hassan Wario disbanded the
body on August 27, 2016.
urge compliance with IOC to avoid ban
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan athletes on Tuesday called upon
the government to do all it takes to avoid impending
International Olympic Committee (IOC) ban on Friday
after its local affiliate refused to make changes to its
Officials of the Professional Athletes Association of
Kenya (PAAK) led by Organizing Secretary, Julius Ndegwa
said athletics formed the bedrock of the country’s
Olympic participation and urged the National Olympic
Committee of Kenya (NOCK) to move with speed and address
IOC concerns to avoid a ban.
"Track and field forms the bedrock of Kenya’s Olympic
participation and the ban will affect the country’s
athletes immensely," Ndegwa told journalists in Nairobi.
The IOC froze financial support to Kenya last week
after the troubled local Olympic Committee refused to
make changes to its contentious constitution, which was
negotiated among affiliates.
The IOC said it would discuss the matter in
Pyeongchang, South Korea on Friday to decide any further
"NOCK should comply with the IOC wishes because no
group of individuals is greater than the nation," he
said, adding that they will call for a boycott by Kenyan
sportsmen and women from travelling with the officials
starting with this year’s Youth Commonwealth Games
scheduled for July in Bahamas.
The IOC wants a series of new regulations to address
issues of good governance within its Kenyan affiliate
which was brought about by its lop-sided constitution
that favored incumbent officials.
National Olympic committees divide up to 1 billion
U.S. dollars in IOC revenues every four years that
accrue from the Olympics and which is their share from
the marketing proceeds of the Olympics.