Ruto orders probe into Olympics kits scandal

Deputy President William Ruto congratulates Silver medallist Vivian Cheruiyot after the Women's 10,000m in Rio, Brazil. Mr Ruto who had visited the athletes at the Olympic Village in Rio appreciated and encouraged them for their efforts on August 14, 2016. PHOTO | REBECCA NDUKU | DPPS

What you need to know:

  • The latest blemish on Kenya’s athletics management happened on Sunday, when the DP received official complaints from Nike — the official kit sponsors of the Kenyan team for the past two decades — about misuse of donated sports gear.
  • Mr Ruto on Sunday instructed the ministry in charge of sports to investigate and take stern action against any official involved in malpractices in the Kenyan camp in Rio de Janeiro.
  • He directed Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario to safeguard the interests of the athletes, whom he described as “great ambassadors of the country”.

Deputy President William Ruto has ordered an investigation into the bungling management of Kenya’s team in Brazil after embarrassing blunders that have seen some officials being ejected from the Olympic Village.

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