NAIROBI: Several athletes and sports officials may soon face criminal charges after uniforms intended for Kenya's national team at the Helsinki world championships turned up for sale in local markets, officials said on Wednesday.
The athletes and officials in question are suspected of conspiring with unscrupulous businessmen to steal the uniforms, the theft of which forced some members of the Kenyan team to wear ill-fitting attire in Finland, officials said.
“The matter is in police hands,” National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) chairman Kipchoge Keino told AFP. “A number of people will appear in court soon.”
The stolen kit scandal is the latest of a series of woes to have hit Kenyan athletics and is being blamed by some for the national team's disappointing performance in Helsinki.
It began shortly before the championships when a shipment of new uniforms provided by US sportswear giant Nike was hijacked en route to Nairobi's international airport where it was to be flown to Finland.
An undetermined number of warm-up suits, running shoes and competition green, black and red shorts and tops were then found being sold by merchants at various shops and stalls around the capital. – AFP