NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Kenyan Swimming Federation (KSF) is
embroiled in another selection controversy with bitter
protests from stakeholders over their choice of the
country’s representatives for the 2018 Commonwealth
Games at the Gold Coast, in Australia.
scandal echoes the Rio 2016 Olympics scandal where the
local swimming governing body was accused of omitting
Rebecca Kamau who had qualified for the Games according
to the world body FINA at the behest of KSF.
also at the center of a fresh controversy in what has
turned out to be a war of words between KSF officials
and aggrieved parents of young swimmers who accuse the
federation of biased selection.
announced that Sylvia Brunlehner, Issa Mohammed and
Steve Maina will have a second attempt to win medals at
the Commonwealth Games after they failed at their first
outing in 2014.
swimmers will be joined by Emily Muteti and Maria
Brunlehner, who are making their first appearance at the
selected swimmers with the highest global swimming
organization FINA points.
"It is based on merit.
are active swimmers who have been consistent in their
competitions,” Kenya Swimming Federation Interim
Management Committee (IMC) official Reginald Okumu said
on Monday in Nairobi.
are now threatening to block their children from
competing for the country at international competitions
unless fresh elections under a new constitution are held
In a bid to
calm the storm, KSF has asked parents interested in
their children vying for Commonwealth tickets, to pay
1,800 US dollars for a regional tournament in Malawi
where the Commonwealth team is due to be selected.
demanded a breakdown of the 1,800 US dollars that
parents have been asked to pay.
"It is sad to note that
we are now seeing the same past disorganization of the KSF in the IMC/CMC,” Njeri Njoroge, the mother of Kamau
said in an email to fellow parents.
select the swimmers who have the highest FINA points in
their best event, what exactly do you mean by this?”
“This is a clause that leaves room
"What rationale was used to only pick the
one top best event to do the entire selections?”
The row has
also roped in the country’s Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT)
that arbitrates sporting disputes with the judicial body
accused of siding with the KSF IMC.
“We can only
assume now that these selections were made overnight
immediately after this (last) weekend’s gala was
finished ... since when does the SDT work on weekends
especially Sunday evening?” another parent, Christine
dailies reported on Thursday that no one forwarded
complaints to the Commonwealth Management Committee, the
organ charged with assembling Kenya’s team for the Gold
Xinhua to contact the Secretary General of the National
Olympic Committee-Kenya, Francis Kinyili Paul to shed
light on the matter by the time of going to press were
futile, with the official saying he was in a meeting.
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