(Xinhua) -- Banned IAAF council member and former
Athletics Kenya (AK) vice-president David Okeyo has labelled the
decision to expel him from the sport for life as a “conspiracy
The IAAF Ethics Board convicted Okeyo
of siphoning off money from the federation as well as receiving
bribes to vote for Qatar as the host of the 2019 IAAF World
Championships. Okayo is going to challenge the judgement at the
the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Okeyo, who served as AK vice-president
until November 2016 when he was initially suspended, was also
slapped with a hefty 150,000-U.S.-dollar fine in a judgement
made public on Thursday.
The veteran administrator further
claimed that British national, Sebastian Coe, is also not
eligible to run the IAAF having been accused of receiving bribes
for the 2019 Qatar bid.
“It was all fabrications geared toward
removing me from AK and there is nothing very special. In any
case, do you think I was in a position to withdraw money without
authority? The money they are saying I withdrew was under the
authority of the late chairman and the custodian of the accounts
that was [Joseph] Kinyua. How come I’m found to be bad and
Kinyua is okay, did I steal the checkbooks to go withdraw the
money myself?” Okeyo said.
His co-accused in the corruption
charges and former federation treasurer, Joseph Kinyua was
acquitted while the case against the late AK president, Isaiah
Kiplagat, was terminated following his passing in August 2016.
Okeyo then claimed the fight against
corruption at the top echelons of the IAAF had taken a
discriminatory approach against Africans, accusing Coe who
ascended to the helm of the organization on the platform of
reform, of being unfit for office.
“If anything, Coe should not even be
the president of IAAF going by what happened in Qatar since he
was chairman of that committee where they are alleging members
were bribed including him,” Okeyo charged.
He also complained about the length of
time it has taken to determine the case brought before him by
the Ethics Board.
Okeyo cited the case of former IAAF
Secretary General, Nick Davies, who was expelled from the world
body in January last year but was allowed to seek employment
elsewhere within the sport after being found guilty of accepting
30,000 euros in bribes to delay naming Russian drug cheats.
Okeyo who served as the IAAF Cross
Country Commission chairman until 2015 questioned the huge fine
slapped on him in the 74-page judgement.
“The judgement is not clear; there are
a lot of gaps. If you have banned me for life, why are you
fining me another 150,000 dollars?”
The case against suspended AK CEO,
Isaac Mwangi, who is separately charged with soliciting bribes
from athletes who have tested positive for banned substances
with a view of either clearing or reducing their bans, is still
being heard by the Ethics Board.