Pressure piles

International Olympic Committee (IOC) want the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) warring parties to settle their cases out of court to fast track the body’s elections.
The elections were slated for May 6 but the Taekwondo Federation secured a court injunction after they were barred from participating in the polls by the elections board. Kenya Rowing and Canoeing Association also went to the Sports Tribunal, protesting their exclusion from the polls.
Nock secretary general FK Paul yesterday said they hope to have the cases dropped by next week before calling the federations for General Assembly Meeting at the end of the month.
“We have spoken to the two affiliates and we hope by next week they will have dropped the cases to pave way for general assembly meeting, where elections date will be set,” added Paul.
He said the court injunction has hampered preparations for the Commonwealth Games slated for Perth, Australia in April, next year. “We are behind schedule in terms of preparations and the longer these cases drag, the more we compromise on our chances of doing well at the games,” he added.
He said the sports fraternity and federations want a new start and a smooth process for the election. “All of us are in agreement that we get the elections done and we move to preparation of our teams for the Commonwealth Games,” he noted.
NOCK have not received funding from IOC since March, following internal squabbles, mismanagement of funds for Rio de Janeiro and disputes with the government.
The IOC are demanding a new election for Kenya’s Olympic committee but Pere Miro, the IOC’s deputy director general for relations with the Olympic Movement, thinks Kenya was dragging its feet.
“Kenya is one of the most important athletics countries in the world. We are not happy at all. It’s a shame that a country that is so powerful, so good, that has so high potential is in this situation,” he was quoted as saying recently by Reuters. He said the IOC would continue with the funding freeze until an election was held and new NOC leadership elected. Five-time World cross country champion Paul Tergat had been nominated unopposed for the position of Nock chairman.

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