Controversy seems to be following the National Olympics Committee (NOC-K) with less than a month before Team Kenya departs for the 2016 Rio Games in Brazil. Boxing Association of Kenya (BAK) is the latest to launch a complaint against NOC-K after filing a petition under a certificate of urgency at the Sports Disputes Tribunal seeking to know why the federation chairman John Kameta was excluded from the Rio travelling party.
In a letter dated July 7, NOC-K through Chef de Mission Stephen Soi is claimed to have told Kameta that he will not be accompanying the Olympics-bound boxers to Rio as their nominated team manager due to some issues. BAK counsel Gerry Gitonga told the tribunal of his clients’ dissatisfaction over the move on Tuesday, terming the process discriminatory, unfair and the reasons provided for by NOC-K as wanting in merit.
Kameta is said to have been denied the slot for allegedly failing to comply with demands to produce appraisal reports to the committee for the 2012 London Olympics. “We are under the impression that there are indeed sinister motives behind all these.
It is our submission that the actions were illegal and cannot stand in law, therefore need to be quashed,’’ said Gitonga, further stating that when BAK wrote to NOC-K to inform them about their nominee for the team manager’s slot, they were unaware of any issues facing them that would result in penalties. “For starters, my clients are not aware of existence of any Olympic criterion in selection policy.