Runners disappointed by Muthee's appointment as CEO of World 2017

By emmanuel sabuni
Mar 25, 2021
  • Wilson Kipsang.

Some runners have expressed their disappointment with the Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassah Wario over his appointment of former Kenya Rugby Union,KRU, Chairman Mwangi Muthee as the Chief Executive Officer of the Local Organising Committee 2017 World Youth Championships.

Muthee was appointed on Wednesday replacing suspended Isaac Mwangi who is alleged to have asked for money from Joyce Zakari and Fransisca Koki for lenient doping sanctions.

The appointment  followed concerns raised over the sluggish preparations with just over a year to go with national treasury allocating one billion shillings to be shared between the world youth championships meeting and Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya, ADAK.

Retired and active retired athletes said the appointment 'a slap on the face of athletics' and a blow to the sport.

Muthee resigned resigned from KRU over differences with the board in 2014.

Former world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang argued that athletics and rugby cannot go hand in hand and the qualified person from athletic circle should have been given an opportunity.

“Muthee might be qualified to be an administrator but he can’t understand athletics. We need the right person to steer the committee since rugby and athletics worldwide are two different things,” Kipang said said the double London marathon champion.

“We have so many retired athletes who can take up the post and run it very well. There are great individuals like Prof. Mike Boit, Moses Tanui just to name but a few. These individuals have a good track record in administration of athletics,” he said.He should have consulted first and front many names for the post to be vetted but hand-picking is not the right way,” he added.

Chairman Nairobi branch Athletics Kenya Baranaba Korir said it is not about qualification but about the sports ministry doing what is not right.

“In as much as I am qualified in athletics, there is no way I can oversee rugby. The minister wants to say that there is no one qualified in athletics such that someone has to be imported? Unless there is something fishy,”Korir said.

“This is a slap in the face of athletics and the move not to involve Athletics Kenya in the process speaks volumes,”Korir added.

Retired athlete Moses Tanui questioned the ministers understanding of athletics.

“The minister got it wrong and we can’t allow it to continue,”Tanui said.