Athletes storm Riadha House over poor leadership

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Police at the Athletics Kenya offices where athletes protested over poor leadership. Photo/Alex Mwange

A group of athletes stormed Athletics Kenya offices in Riadha House, Nairobi on Monday morning protesting poor leadership.

The athletes allegedly demanded action on issues of corruption at the body and reportedly drove away the officials and locked them outside their offices.

They carried placards written “Isaiah Kiplagat and David Okeyo your time is over” and “It’s time for justice and welfare of athletes…time for the corrupt to go home”.

Athletes protest at the Athletics Kenya offices in Riadha House on Monday. Photo/Alex Mwange

Athletes protest at the Athletics Kenya offices in Riadha House on Monday. Photo/Alex Mwange

The athletes also blamed the officials for failing to deal with doping in the sport.

Police were at the scene to contain the situation.

The protests come at a time when AK’s vice-president David Okeyo, is being investigated by the IAAF and police in Kenya.

Okeyo, a member of the IAAF council, is alleged to have siphoned off funds from a sponsorship deal between the national association and sportswear firm Nike.

He was adversely mentioned alongside AK president Isaiah Kiplagat and former treasurer Joseph Kinyua for receiving “honorarium” payments from Nike in order to facilitate a contract extension for the American kit manufacturer.

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