NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will now wait for the verdict from
International Olympic Committee (IOC) to know if a pending ban
will be slapped on them after its national body declined to
change its constitution as required.
IOC, which had two
of its officials in Nairobi Tuesday as observers during a stormy
Extra Ordinary Meeting, had asked Kenya to amend its laws but
the officials voted down the proposal. This comes after it was
reported that Kenyan athletes were mistreated during the Olympic
games in Rio last year.
constitution required a total of 22 votes in the affirmative but
the incumbent officials (13) voted as a block against it.
(national Olympic committee of Kenya) Secretary General, Andrew
Mudibo who heads the table tennis sport, said the incumbent
official move to stick to the old constitution was aimed at
scuttling reforms in the federation.
“The document was a
negotiated agreement. They view us hurdles and they want to keep
their house. The reason we have been fighting for this document
to pass was the Executive has a majority of the vote within
themselves. They have a headstart of 11 votes against possible
30,” said Mudibo.
There was no word
from observers from the International Olympic Committee (IOC)
and Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (Anoca).
Jerome Poivey, the
head of institutional relations and governance at the IOC, and
Mohamed Azzoug, Anoca President’ s chief of staff were present.
Assembly, initially called last week on Tuesday, ended
prematurely when Nock President Kipchoge Keino called it off
after delegates failed to agree on several components in the
draft constitution, prompting for the new date at which the
votes were cast.
“If you bring
politics in sports, then we are not building this country. We
want our youth to perform well worldwide, we were number 15
overall at the Rio Olympics, number one in Africa and number two
overall in athletics. We want to improve in other sports.
“Athletes were not
mistreated. If the team was mistreated, they would not have come
home with six gold, six silver and a bronze, the team was taken
care of and performed well,” said Keino.
The country now
risks a ban from the IOC who had insisted that Nock elections
must be held under a new constitution before the end of March of
However, Nock assist
secretary general James Chacha said it’s not the executive that
shot down the new constitution but the General Assembly. They
plan to have the elections now in June under the old