Rio probe committee begins work in Eldoret

By emmanuel sabuni
Sep 26, 2021
  • From Left; Chairman Paul Ochieng, Elizabeth Olaba and Ibrahim Hussein at Kipchoge Keino Stadium on Monday.(Photo by Emmanuel Sabuni)

The Committee set up by Sports Cabinet Secretary Dr Hassan Wario to probe team Kenya’s preparation and participation at the the Rio Olympic hopes to compile a report on their findings in the next one month.

The Olympics Probe Committee chairman Paul Ochieng who were in Eldoret on Monday for analyses of some of the venues used by the Kenya teams ahead of their departure to Rio hopes to hand in a report to the Ministry by mid October for action.

Ochieng was with his vice chairperson Rose Tata Muya, members Ibrahim Hussein, Elizabeth Olaba of Prisons under the guidance of Uasin Gishu Sports County director David Letting and coach Joseph Seurei.

The team on Monday was in Eldoret, their first stop in their week long fact finding mission of the North Rift region where they concentrated on the Kipchoge Keino stadium where track and field trials were to pick the Kenyan team for Brazil.

They will also visit the Kipkeino High Altitude Performance Training Centre where athletes were camping alongside the Nandi Bears Club where Rugby team pitched tent.

“We will also be interviewing athletes and coaches so that we can get their perspective on how they prepared for the Rio Olympics and ask them a few questions on what they thought on the preparations and the way forward on what they proposed and thereafter we will finish our mission in in the region,” said Ochieng.

“We are here to see on what conditions the trials were done before there were numerous complaints and praises that were heard and know what was what.

At the same time, we found it wise to come to the ground to interview athletes as opposed to us calling them to Nairobi. And coming here gives us enough time to get an appreciation of what was the situation,” concluded Ochieng.