Italian coach Barardeli quizzed over illegal car sale

By emmanuel sabuni
Dec 01, 2015
  • Claudio Barerdeli was questioned over illegal car sale in Eldoret.(Photo:SNA File)

Renowned athletics coach Claudio Barardeli was questioned on Monday evening in Eldoret over an illegal sale of a motor vehicle.  

Accompanied by former 800m world champion Janeth Jepkosgey at the Eldoret police station, Barardeli is alleged to have sold a vehicle that is did not have prerequisite duty payment documents.  

Barardeli sneaked in and out of the station, away from the waiting cameras and journalists who rushed to the station, and is expected back on Tuesday to record a detailed statement.   

The Italian  coach was presented before Uasin Gishu County Criminal Investigations Officer (CCIO) Julius Rutere to record statement over the sale of a Toyota Double cabin.    

Rutere said Barardeli is accused of selling a Toyota Double Cabin pickup to the 2009 Rotterdam Marathon champion Duncan Kibet popularly called Jamaica at Ksh.2.5 million. 

Sports News Arena was not able to reach Kibet. Kenya Revenue Authority impounded the vehicle.

 “We wanted the said seller (Barardeli) who appeared here to shed some light and provide the much needed information regarding the sale of the vehicle. The vehicle in question is said to have lacked records of duty payment,” said Rutere adding that the vehicle was impounded on the way as Kibet was heading to Nairobi.

“We have launched an investigation on the matter and we will be working closely with the KRA to try to unearth the reason why the vehicle could be registered before payment of duty is made,” said Rutere.  

Barardeli who was recently sacked by his Italian compatriot Gabriella Rosa of Rosa and associati training camp in Kaptagat. He has since joined the Gianni Demmadona training camp based in Iten.  

There have been accusation from the Rosa camp that Barardeli did not do enough as the head coach following two positive doping cases from athletes he worked closely with.That is former Chicago and Boston marathon winner Rita Jeptoo who is serving a two-year ban and 800m runner Agatha Jeruto.