Former Kenyan sports minister, Olympic committee official sentenced in 2016 Olympic corruption case

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Former Kenya sports activities minister Hassan Wario and former Kenyan Olympic committee official Stephen Soi have been convicted of corruption and abuse of workplace on Wednesday. The courtroom concluded Wario and Soi misused funds put aside for Kenya’s 2016 Rio Olympics preparations. 

Wario paid a $32,000 effective on Thursday to be launched from police custody after he was sentenced to 6 years in jail earlier that day. Soi was sentenced to 12 years, however may pay a $950,000 effective to be launched like Wario. Anti-corruption decide Elizabeth Juma, who issued the sentences, dominated Wario despatched three individuals unaffiliated with Athletics Kenya to the Olympics and gave them allowances with the crew finances. 

Kenya got here into the 2016 Video games with a $5.7 million finances whereas Nike gave the observe and area federation it sponsors a further $700,000. Wario — who additionally served as Kenya’s ambassador to Austria earlier than his arrest — and Soi have been discovered to have stolen from these funds whereas former Kenyan Olympic committee secretary normal Francis Paul and three different sports activities ministry officers have been acquitted. 

Over $800,000 of the Olympic finances illegally went Wario’s approach. 

Wednesday’s pair of convictions continues a string of Athletics Kenya corruption scandals and total frustration from its athletes. In 2018 the Worldwide Novice Athletic Federation slapped former Athletics Kenya vice chairman David Okeyo with a lifetime ban after he embezzled a whole lot of 1000’s in Nike sponsorship cash, and in 2016 former Athletics Kenya chief govt Issac Mwangi confronted a bribery investigation

Kenyan athletes voiced their issues over their governing physique’s corruption by storming its headquarters in 2015. However regardless of the athletes’ frustration, they’ve largely impressed in Olympic motion and significantly the long-distance working occasions. Kenya ranked fifteenth and nineteenth, respectively, within the 2016 Rio Video games’ and 2020 Tokyo Video games’ medal counts. The nation has received double-digit medals in 4 consecutive Olympics. | Former Kenyan sports activities minister, Olympic committee official sentenced in 2016 Olympic corruption case


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