BrandArena: Top Kenya athletics officials suspended in graft and doping probe

Tuesday 1 December 2015

Top Kenya athletics officials suspended in graft and doping probe

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Ethics Commission has suspended three Athletics Kenya officials for their alleged involvement in graft and subversion of the anti-doping control in Kenya.

The commission indicated that a prima facie case has been established against outgoing AK President Isaiah Kiplagat, Vice President David Okeyo and former AK Treasurer Joseph Kinyua.
Consequently, the officials have been suspended for six months (180 days) to allow investigations into the allegations.

Michael Beloff, IAAF chairman, said in a statement that the move has been taken to safeguard the interests and integrity of the sport.

According to Mr Beloff's statement, the investigations will be spearheaded by Mr Sharad Rao who currently serves as the chairman of the Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board. Mr Rao is also a former Director of Public Prosecutions in Kenya.

The statement released by Tom Mountford, the legal secretary to IAAF Ethics Commission said in part: “The Chairman of the IAAF Ethics Commission, Michael Beloff QC, has today, pursuant to powers first conferred upon the Chairman by the IAAF Council on 26th November 2015, provisionally suspended from all offices or positions in either Athletics Kenya or the IAAF (1) Isaiah Kiplagat, President of Athletics Kenya; (2) David Okeyo, Vice-President of Athletics Kenya and IAAF Council Member; and (3) Joseph Kinyua, former Treasurer of Athletics Kenya and Kenya Team Leader at the IAAF 2015 World Championships, in the interests of the integrity of the sport.”

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