By John Kwoba
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s Olympic body top
official Francis Kanyili Paul has stepped down over graft cases
linking him to the 2016 Rio Olympics.
secretary-general of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya
(NOCK), together with others has been indicted for his role in
overseeing the 550,000 Rio Olympic Games scandal. His assistant
Francis Mutuku has since replaced him.
NOCK president Paul
Tergat confirmed on Wednesday the new development promising to
respond in transparent manner on any issues the courts and
investigators will seek from the IOC affiliate body.
registering one of its best show in Olympic Games history,
winning six gold, six silver and one bronze medals, all from
athletics, the country subjected its athletes to worst
preparations condition in the build up to the games.
“Francis K. Paul has
opted to step aside to allow for the completion of his
corruption case at the High Court. His deputy Francis Mutuku
will step in,” said Tergat on Wednesday.
Tergat warned that
the country will not afford to rest on its laurels ahead of next
year which will see several sports disciplines compete in
Olympic qualification tournament.
“We have the Africa
Games in Morocco due next year, some federations will have
regional qualifications hence more funding will be required. A
few federations have given us their tentative requirements for
next year,” said Tergat.
The Olympic body has
been doing a forensic audit, and Tergat said they will have a
retreat in Nyeri to discuss it besides other governance issue.
“A final report on
the audit will be made public in the next few weeks. Importantly
will be the recommendations from the report,” said Tergat who
was selected into office in May.
“Since I took over
NOCK, it has been a turbulent tenure with ghosts of the previous
regime tormenting us. It has never been easy, with the
restructure process we have undertaken so as we may encourage
sponsors to come back and improve our relationships with the
government,” said Tergat.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) body besides its debts
from engaging in sports administrations is also building its
headquarters in Nairobi and has run late in payment of premiums
to its contractors and bank loans estimated at 800 million
shillings (about 8 million U.S. dollars).