Deputy President of Kenya, William Ruto’s main agenda for visit to Brazil has been revealed.
It was first thought that he traveled to Brazil to show support for the Kenyan team at the Olympic Games.
Kenya is participating in seven disciplines — athletics, boxing, archery, judo, weightlifting, rugby and swimming.
The Deputy President’s support was supposed to boost the morale of the Kenyan athletes although it has been reported that the mismanagement of resources meant for athletes, their coaches and managers was the main reason for his trip.
While in Brazil, the team complained to the Deputy President that they were only issued with one kit for training and another for competing.
This is despite the team’s official sponsors providing adequate kits to the National Olympics Committee of Kenya.
A Kenyan Sports ministry official, who accompanied Ruto, confirmed that Nike – the teams official sponsor – had supplied 1,900 kits well ahead of the games.
An official who wished to remain anonymous said each athlete was given one kit for training and another for competing. The rest are understood to have been diverted to the local market in Kenya. He also said that it was not the first time officials failed to distribute uniforms to athletes.
The team’s captain to the Olympic games and Cherangany MP Wesley Korir said;
”It is very unfortunate that each athlete was given a pair of T-shirts yet according to Nike each was supposed to get eight pairs. Sandals and sunglasses, among others, were also missing”.
Another issue was the accreditation of non athletes and non members of the technical team to the games at the expense of the coaches by team Kenya’s chef de mission, Stephen Arap Soi.
The athletes also complained that allowances were still owed to them by the National Olympic Committee of Kenya.
Against all the adversity, Team Kenya was still able to have a great showing at the games tallying up the most medals by an African country.