NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s national Olympic body has pledged to turn
around the association into a model sports body.
president of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK),
said that the new team that was elected into office in September
last year inherited a financially insolvent office whose
reputation in terms of institutional integrity was in an
all-time low, with stakeholders already either withdrawn or
threatened to pull out any ongoing and future support.
“We began one year
ago with the singular, but firm purpose and resolve to restore
and rebuild the image, capacity and resilience of NOCK to become
a model sports body in Kenya and globally,” Tergat said on
Wednesday evening during the organization’s annual general
“The association has
slowly but surely reclaimed its position as the institution
mandated to champion the Olympic movement ideals and serve the
Kenyan athlete from all sports,” the former world marathon
record holder remarked.
Tergat said he will revive and renew the organization which was
scandal-hit and rocked by corruption and mismanagement that saw
the International Olympic Committee (IOC) freeze funding to its
Tergat said that
despite the challenges, the executive took office with passion,
and appreciated that the job at hand did not afford them any
learning curve luxury.
“There were major
assignments coming up in the pipeline such as the Commonwealth
Games in Australia a few months away, and in between the
PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea,” he noted.
Francis Mutuku, NOCK
secretary general, said the last one year has been a period of
fast learning and appreciating the position in which the
organization had been in the past few years, adding that a lot
of catch-up has been done from meetings with local and
“We are poised to
take critical and rightful role of leading sports to the next
level, during which we shall keep the athlete at the center of
all our programs, engagements and activities,” Mutuku said.
He said NOCK shall
expend the space of operations to accommodate all people of
goodwill who will be eager and excited to contribute to the
Olympic Movement in Kenya.