Kenya disbands Olympic committee


Kenya's National Olympic Committee has been disbanded following allegations of mismanagement at Rio 2016.

Sports minister Hassan Wario made the announcement at a news conference on Thursday, highlighting a long list of alleged shortcomings by officials.

"There was alleged mismanagement of the facilitation of our athletes and the entire team Kenya ranging from accommodation and travel mishaps, mishandling of the accreditation of the list of participants to the provision of kits that never reached the athletes," said Wario, who has set up a committee to investigate the case.

"I do hereby disband the National Olympic Committee with immediate effect and transfer their responsibilities to Sports Kenya as the interim custodian."

The disbandment follows claims by Olympic team captain and marathon runner Wesley Korir that members of the Kenyan squad were made to sleep in a shanty town following the closure of the athletes' village.

Korir, who is also an MP in his homeland and claimed gunshots could be heard during the night, explained some athletes remain in Brazil because of a desire by officials to send them home on the cheapest possible flight.

Despite the setbacks, Kenya enjoyed its most successful Games in Rio, winning six gold medals, six silver and one bronze.