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BY SAMSON MBII,NAIROBI,30TH AUG 2018-It is bad news for former senior Kenyan athletics official David Okeyo after he was banned from the sport for life and fined Ksh.5million after being found guilty of diverting hundreds of thousands of dollars of sponsorship payments for his personal use.
The Associated Press, reported Thursday that Okeyo was fined another Ksh.10million in legal costs to the IAAF.
Okeyo, a former Secretary-General and Vice President of Athletics Kenya (AK) as well as a member of the IAAF Council, and Joseph Kinyua, a former Treasurer of Athletics Kenya, were investigated by the sport’s ethics board in relation to payments made by U.S. sportswear company Nike between 2003 and 2015.
in strongly worded judgement released on Thursday, the Board found that on many occasions Okeyo did not disclose to AK the withdrawals of the Nike money he made from AK bank accounts and he could also not show any evidence of what the money had been used for.
He was thus found to have breached the ethics code on 10 occasions after taking sponsorship money that “could have been better directed to support the development of the sport of athletics in Kenya” and expelled him from his position on the IAAF Council.
Kinyua was found by the board to have “engaged in similar conduct” but as he was not an IAAF official at the time, it was deemed that he was not bound by the ethics rules in place at the time and hence he escaped sanction.
However Okeyo and Kinyua have denied any wrongdoing, saying that the money was legitimate payment for their own expenses and expertise and for payments they personally made to athletes.