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Kenya's Rio 2016 team officials accused of embezzlement - Report


An investigation ordered by Kenya’s sports ministry has revealed the country’s officials embezzled money meant for the Rio 2016 olympic team.

According to the report which was seen by Reuters, money earmarked to buy air tickets for team members was instead taken by unidentified ministry officials.

The report says the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) also diverted money and kit from U.S. sports equipment manufacturer Nike worth millions of shillings.

Athletes told the investigation committee that bonuses from Nike for medals won at Olympic and Commonwealth Games did not reach them.

The athletes said they should have been given $15,000 for each gold medal, $7,500 for each silver medal and $5,000 for each bronze medal won, but medallists told the investigation committee they had never received the given bonuses.

The probe was commissioned by Kenya’s sports minister after a public outcry on how the country’s athletes had been treated at the games.

The report is yet to be officially made public.

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