By John Kwoba
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s Sports
Minister Hassan Wario believes the International Olympic
Committee (IOC) will not ban the country from international
competition after he disbanded their national affiliate over
issues of corruption and mismanagement.
that the National Olympics Committee of Kenya (NOCK) is not
above the law and will remain disbanded. He says he will carry
out the task of convincing International Olympic Committee of
Wario, who was speaking to the Kenyan Parliament’s Labour and
Social Welfare Committee, said NOCK was responsible for the mess
at the Rio Olympics and must be sidelined in order to streamline
the country’s sports sector.
"They disgraced us and they stand disbanded," said Wario.
The sports cabinet secretary however confirmed that he is
still keen to meet with the IOC in Laussane, Switzerland, to
defend his stance.
He also says he wants to reconstitute a new body to oversee
the operation of NOCK.
"I intend to meet the International Olympic Committee in a
few days or next week," he said.
He also added that there is no cause for alarm, explaining
that the IOC warning letter to Kenya leaves the door open for
the two sides to iron out their differences.
Wario said the plan is to change NOCK’s constitution and
align it with the Sports Act.
The minister placed all issues arising out of the Rio
Olympics at the feet of NOCK, chaired by athletics legend
Wario, however, reminded the committee that Kenya’s
performance in Rio was the best in the country’s history.
"Rio was a huge success.
"We should not wish that away," he added.