Taekwondo kicks to further delay National Olympics elections

By ronnie evans
May 05, 2017
  • NOCK chairman Kipchoge Keino chats to delegates after the elections were stopped by the High Court. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

The National Olympics Committee of Kenya (NOCK) elections have been put off indefinitely following a decision by the High Court to grant the Kenya Taekwondo Federation a court order that would put a stop to the process.

The court order is a temporary reprieve for federations and candidates who were locked out.

The martial arts association purportedly backed by some members of the outgoing Executive Committee moved to court after the Centre for Multiparty Democracy-Kenya (CMD-K), tasked with overseeing the elections, barred KTKA alongside the Kenya Cycling Federation and Kenya Rowing Federation from participating in the elections.

The KTKA faction backed by George Wesonga presented the papers to NOCK officials present on Friday at the planned election venue which compelled incumbent president Kipchoge Keino on Friday to call off elections.

“Given the circumstance and the court order before us, I hereby call off this elections until all matters are resolved. We have to respect the decision of the court,” a seemingly livid Keino said.

In their earlier stance, CMD-K barred those two federations from participating largely due to internal management wrangles as they had each presented different delegates list to be considered as their representatives at the elections.

As a result, incumbent NOCK deputy secretary general James Chacha and Julius Mwangi of Cycling were locked out of contesting for various positions.

In the court order issued on Thursday, the High Court through the deputy registrar’s office gave a new directive that would see all matters addressed on Monday, May 8 before deliberating the way forward This is a new twist to an already complex scenario.

The International Olympic Committee had differed with CMD insisting that all affiliated federations should be allowed to take part in the overdue electoral process.

A delay that will not go down well with the Lausanne based body.

The IOC had wanted all unresolved matters to be handled after the elections. With open allegiance drawn between various federations, it remains to be seen what fate awaits the Olympics body that has been rocked by the all too familiar race-for-power juggernaut.