By Kimathi Kamau NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Retired Kenyan female distance
running legend, Tegla Loroupe has declared she will go
alone in the forthcoming National Olympic
Committee-Kenya (NOC-K) elections.
fire national Olympics body will hold its Elective
General Assembly (EGA) on Sept. 29 in a bid to beat the
International Olympics Committee (IOC) to reform its
leadership or face sanctions that include a ban from the
2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan.
is expected to challenge incumbent Purvi Rawal for the
position of Women Representative in the Sept. 29 polls
after she announced that she will not be defending her
post of Athletes’ Representative.
should have been held in May. It is sad that four months
later we are yet to have them. I pray that they go on as
planned at the end of the month,” Loroupe, a respected
award-winning global humanitarian, lamented on Tuesday.
questionable characters on both sides of the coin that
is why I don’t feel its right to join any camp. I just
want to be elected as an individual and continue serving
Kenyans,” Loroupe said in Nairobi.
was initially scheduled for May 5 but a court order
obtained by the warring Kenya Tae Kwon Do Association
stopped the EGA in a move that saw IOC increase the
pressure on Kenya to reform the body.
marathon record holder and two-time Olympic men’s
10,000m silver medallist, Paul Tergat, is the
frontrunner to ascend to the chairmanship of the
organisation tainted by the Rio 2016 Olympics scandal
that has seen four outgoing senior NOC-K officials
charged in court for theft of money and kit belonging to
incumbency, led by the revered IOC Honorary Life Member
and two-time Olympic champion, Kipchoge Keino, is keen
on maintaining the status quo with the long-serving
chairman reported to have collected his nominations
papers to defend his seat last week.
was not implicated in the Rio fiasco, Kipchoge had
earlier stated he was stepping down from the post he has
held since 1999.
At the same
time, the Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD), who
were mandated by NOC-K to conduct the polls during the
Elective General Assembly, said they are ready for
elections after meeting federation representatives.
In a meeting
in Nairobi, CMD settled on the existing set of rules for
the initial elections although some affiliate
federations are yet to agree on their list of officials
who will represent them.
“We are glad
the meeting was attended by all stakeholders,
candidates, voters and NEC Members. The way forward has
been agreed on. Federations with wrangles will have
their cases heard on the election date,” CMD CEO,
Francis Onyango said.