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Nairobi - Three top officials of Kenya's Olympic committee have been arrested
in Nairobi as investigators dig into a series of scandals and
embarrassments at the Rio Games, police sources said.
Paul, secretary-general of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya
(NOCK), was arrested on Friday, one of the police sources said on
condition of anonymity.
His deputy James Chacha and Stephen Arap
Soi, who headed the Kenyan delegation to Rio, were both arrested at
Nairobi airport just as they returned from the Brazil games, he added.
arrests are "part of the investigation into the Rio scandal, and the
poor management of the team for the entirety of the Games," he said.
police source said the men are being held at a police station in
northeastern Nairobi, and that they are due to be charged on Monday for
their chaotic management and alleged theft of official sports gear.
The Kenyan government on August 18 ordered a probe into the allegations.
officials' embarrassing performance had a direct impact on the Kenyan
athletes - who nonetheless clocked up their best Olympics yet with 13
medals (including six golds) putting them in 15th place overall, the
best in Africa by far.
When javelin thrower and silver medallist
Julius Yego arrived at Nairobi airport, he realised that no flight had
been booked for him to return home.
Kenya's Sports Minister Hassan
Wario on Thursday announced the disbanding of the Kenyan Olympic
committee after the allegations surfaced.
Paul, who is now in custody, claimed that Wario did not have the legal
competence to disband the NOCK, which is overseen by the International
Olympic Committee, not the Kenyan government.
Wario himself has faced calls for resignation, and on Wednesday he too was questioned in connection with the probe.
Kenya's Olympic team captain, marathon runner and elected MP Wesley Korir, welcomed the NOCK officials' arrest.
"Someone should pay the price," he said, as he called on Wario to resign.
"If you are the head of an organisation and you don't even know what is going on, my friend you are supposed to go home."
Kenya's Olympics was in trouble before it even began.
World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) only cleared the country's athletes at
the last minute after parliamentarians botched the passage of a new law
designed to convince world authorities that Kenya is serious about
tackling the widespread doping that has seen at least 40 athletes banned