Betrayal in Rio: How mismanagement has left our heroes fuming

Turkey's Meryem Akdag (left), Ethiopia's Hiwot Ayalew (centre), and Kenya's Beatrice Chepkoech compete in the Women's 3000m Steeplechase Round 1 during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 13, 2016. PHOTO | JOHANNES EISELE | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Morale at the Team Kenya camp in the Brazilian city is at its lowest after weeks of problems including chaotic travel arrangements, inadequate training kit, questionable allocation of slots in the Olympic Village and doping-related bribery allegations against a top official. 
  • Coach John Anzrah was one of those not given an accreditation badge while numerous joyriders were granted passes.
  • Mr Anzrah opened up on the deplorable conditions some in the Kenyan delegation are going through in Rio, putting the blame on the National Olympics Committee of Kenya.
  • Mr Anzrah, who said that he met his athletes only twice since he arrived in Rio, hinted that his accreditation may have been taken up by joyriders.
  • Barnaba Korir, Athletics Kenya executive committee member, and a member of the coaches’ selecting panel accused Nock of throwing Mr Anzrah under the bus.
  • Over the years, rogue Nock officials have been stealing the kit and selling to brokers.

A veteran coach expelled from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro for impersonating an athlete has exposed the shameful depths of mismanagement that has seen the Kenyan team hurtle from one crisis to another.


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