Sports CS first official to record statement over Rio shame

Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario was yesterday grilled by police over the Olympics fiasco. Wario was summoned to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters following torrents of complaints over joyriders to the Rio Olympics, theft of uniforms, fiddling with accreditation and fraud in ticketing.

DCI boss Ndegwa Muhoro summoned him and asked him to help them unravel the controversy riddled Rio outing. “The DCI called him to help in starting the probe into the complaints by the athletes at large. He did his part and he is not a suspect,” said a source aware of the probe.

When he arrived at DCI headquarters, he was handed to a team from Serious Crime Unit that is pursuing the matter that and recorded his statement. Sources said Wario blamed the mess on NOCK officials who handled Team Kenya.

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Among those named and were being sought include Chef de mission Stephen arap Soi. Wario told the officers he did not have the list of those who had travelled to Rio because the matter was being handled by NOCK. Soi is also the National Olympics Committee of Kenya (NOCK) deputy treasurer.

Also being sought was NOCK deputy secretary James Chacha Maroa and NOCK secretary FK Paul. Soi is said to be out of the country and police rushed to court to get orders to search their offices and residences upon arrival. Soi was said to be on the way from Rio and a team of detectives went to the airport to wait for his arrival.

They were under instructions to get all those mentioned for data as the probe continues. Other sources said Wario was consulting to have NOCK disbanded following the Olympics saga.

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There were complaints of more than 200 joyriders to Rio for the just concluded Olympics, eating into resources that were meant for the athletes, their coaches and managers. Some coaches were not accredited and had no access to the training facilities where their services were needed. Police will also interrogate a number of athletes as part of their probe.

There were complaints of stolen kits, allowances not paid and the athletes mistreatment in general. Despite the fiasco, the athletes performed well winning six gold, six silver and one bronze finishing 15th overall and first in Africa. Other sources said sports Principal Secretary Richard Ekai will also give his statement on the saga.

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