The triumphant national roller-skating team returned to the country yesterday claiming to have been neglected by the Sports Ministry ahead of their trip to Cairo, Egypt.
Distraught members of the team arrived yesterday at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) amidst little funfare despite the fact that they were placed in an unprecedented first position in Africa.
This is the second time for a team representing the country to find itself in deep financial quagmire after being snubbed by the ministry.
Two weeks ago, the national Amputee Football team was rebuffed by the ministry ahead of the Amputee World Cup in Mexico with Nairobi Govenor Mike Sonko coming to the aid of the disabled team.
Rose Karogi, the vice President of Kenya Skaters, said Sonko bailed out the contingent of 12 skaters and four officials at the 11th hour after the ministry allegedly said it was not financially viable to foot the team’s expenses in the Championships.
“The ministry wrote us a letter of regrets concerning financial help and we turned to Sonko to donate air fare as a last resort.
There are still outstanding debts which have to be paid and it is amazing that the skaters put behind all these problems to fly the country’s flag high in foreign land,” said Karogi.