Former Kenya federation official questions spending priorities

Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:25am EDT
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By Drazen Jorgic

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ex-Athletics Kenya (AK) board member Noah Ngeny has questioned spending priorities at the crisis-hit federation days after stepping down in protest over a lack of action against doping.

Ngeny, who quit last weekend as AK athletes' representative, said too much money was going toward funding the travel and expenses of officials instead of developing athletics.

Kenya is a global leader in endurance running on the track and in city marathons but more than 40 of its athletes have been banned for doping in the past three years.

Four senior AK officials have also been suspended for misusing funds amid other allegations.

Ngeny said he was annoyed Kenya was sending six officials to the United States for this month's world indoor games in Portland, Oregon along to accompany 11 athletes.

He added that five Kenyan officials will be sent to Cardiff for the world half-marathon in March with 10 athletes.

"If you see such kind of composition, it shows... the AK is not really serious," Ngeny told Reuters in Kenya's capital Nairobi. "It’s really worrying."

AK could not immediately be reached for comment.   Continued...

Former Olympic champion and Kenyan athletes' representative, Noah Ngeny speaks during an interview with Reuters in Kenya's capital Nairobi, March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya