NAIROBI, Kenya- National Olympic Committee-Kenya (NOC-K) President Paul Tergat has revealed that a special audit will soon be conducted as part of concerted efforts to clean up the previous office.
While addressing the press on Friday afternoon, Tergat, who took over from long serving Dr. Kipchoge Keino in the polls conducted last month, stated the need for the new office to start off with a clean pair of hands.
“We have to be open on what has been happening. It is not only good for the new guys in office but the country at large,” Tergat stated.
“At the moment the accounts of NOC-K are still frozen mainly due to previous corruption allegations.
“To be on the right side, we have to clean up house. We have to show the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that there is goodwill,” added the soft spoken track legend.
A determined Tergat is keen on bringing officials who were involved in the 2016 Rio Olympics scandal to justice despite the report having not being submitted before NOC-K more than a year later.
“Despite having a new office, the lowest moment remains the mismanagement of Kenya’s athletes at last year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, we have to go to the bottom of the matter,” he remarked.
“As NOC-K board, we have mandated individual team managers from different federations to give us their reports as we wait for those mandated to provide the same to do so. This is not just our requirement, but the government’s for the sake of posterity,” he added.
This comes at a time when leaked information from the team appointed by the government to investigate the Rio fiasco revealed disturbing findings that pointed accusing fingers at sports managers, as well as Sports ministry officials. No action has been taken to date.
As part of preparations for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, the new NOC-K boss stated that the board has appointed Athletics Kenya (AK) President Rtd Jack Tuwei as the chef-de-mission. The AK boss will chair the team tasked with management for the commonwealth team.
Tergat sent a stern warning to the feuding federations to sort their differences out in time to avoid confusion in the future.
“We shall not entertain a federation presenting two different lists of athletes for Commonwealth games. We have to act accordingly this time to have an amicable solution,” he concluded.
The 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Officials:
Chef De Mission
Deputy Chef De Mission
Acting Sports Commissioner
General Team Manager
Deputy Team Manager
Deputy Executive Officer
Nominee from Kenya Rugby Union (KRU)
Chief Medical Officer
Dr Paul Rwambo