Government silent on 2012 Olympics probe report

Jan 22, 2022
  • President Kibaki with Olympic gold medalists Ezekiel Kemboi and David Rudisha when the team returned the national flag at State House Nairobi.

Team Kenya returned the flag it flew in London to the Head of State President Mwai Kibaki but a deafening silence over findings of the probe ordered spoke volumes.

The sporting fraternity had expected Kibaki to receive the flag and tell Kenyans what went wrong in the biggest sporting fiesta last August.

A leaked report obtained by sportsnewsarena.com last December largely blamed Athletics Kenya and absolved National Olympic Committe of Kenya, NOCK for Kenya’s shambolic  London Olympic games outing. 

But it was a rewarding moment for the medalists led the gold medalists Captain David Rudisha and Ezekiel Kemboi who was moved to the point of gifting Kibaki with his precious medal, which he appreciated before handing it back.

"I dedicated my award to teh President for supporting sports,"said Kemboi.

Paralympian Abraham Tarbei was the biggest winner of the day collecting Ksh.1.05m shillings for his Gold and bronze.

Rudisha, Kemboi and Samwel Muchai shared Ksh.2.25 million while four Olympic silver medalists each took home Ksh.500 000 and their bronze counterparts got Ksh.300 000, titalling 15.4 in prize money.

David Korir winner of two silvers at the Paralympics was one million richer. His only reference to what was rather a dismal performance by team Kenya at the Olympics was after hearing the report by the Chef de Mission Jonathan Koskei was a challenge to the officials to avoid a repeat in future events.

Kemboi presents signed potrait to Kibaki

“The challenge is on the sports leaders to find ways to remedy the situation and avoid such performances in future,” said Kibaki who also received a signed rare souvenir portrait depicting Kemboi, the entertainer, doing his signature victory jig. 

Kibaki was pleased with the recent gazzetted of the recent sports act, which he hoped would lay the foundation of sporting development programmes.

“Under our Vision 2030, strategies have been laid down which will ensure the continued improvement of sports infrastructure, facilities and equipment. I therefore call upon the various sports federations to set up youth academies that will identify, develop, promote and manage our young people with sporting abilities,” he noted.

NOCK chairman Kipchoge Keino urged the government to improve facilities that will not only help boost sporting standards but also improve participation across various Olympic sports.

Kenya 7s team receives flag

Kibaki also presented the Kenya Sevens team with the national flag ahead of the next legs of the HSBC Sevens World Series and the 2013 RWC Sevens.

In his remarks, the President paid tribute to the team, saying that he was proud of their achievements, wishing them luck in their remaining HSBC Sevens World Series outings as well as the 2013 RWC Sevens slated to take place in Russia in June this year.

He further added, " I would like to see the rugby sevens team become among the best in the world." 

 

 Evelyn Watta

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