Kenyan sports minister summoned over poor performance during 2020 Olympic Games

Amina Mohammed, the Sports Cabinet Secretary and the administration of Athletics Kenya, and the National Olympic Committee (NOC) will testify before the Senate over Team Kenya’s alleged poor performance at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Senator Samson Cherargei had filed a petition at the Senate Labour and Social Welfare committee alleging several athletes were mistreated, which resulted in the poor show.

Kenya bagged ten medals at the Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan, and was ranked first in Africa and 19th in the world.

Compared to the 2016 Rio Olympics, where Kenya won 14 medals, this year’s showpiece was considered underwhelming.

Cherargei wants the CS Amb. Amina and the National Olympic Committee to explain why Kenya lost its grip on important races and events it formerly dominated.

For example, Team Kenya lost the 3,000m steeplechase title for the first time in history.

“They should explain the athletes’ and sports and government authorities’ preparation and selection process for the Tokyo Olympics 2020,” he stated.

He also wants the CS to make public any engagements between the public and private media and the Ministry of Sports.

Cherargei also called on the Ministry of Sports to reveal the complete details of contracts inked between the Ministry of Sports, Athletics Kenya, and NIKE, an American sportswear company.

The Senator further wants Athletics Kenya’s contract with the Kenyan Olympic Committee made public.

He also questioned the manner in which the athletes were received back in the country.

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