Rape of athletes: Government orders probe


Rape of athletes: Government orders probe

In Summary

  • The government has ordered a probe over reported cases of sexual harassment by coaches and officials relating to athletes.
  • This follows an expose by Citizen TV which aired on Sunday, March 11 blowing the lead on a culture of abuse by some coaches who prey on vulnerable young athletes.

By Gakenyi Mwangi

The government has ordered a probe over reported cases of sexual harassment by coaches and officials relating to athletes.

This follows an expose by Citizen TV which aired on Sunday, March 11 blowing the lead on a culture of abuse by some coaches who prey on vulnerable young athletes.

The “Running with Hyenas” exclusive, by Wilkister Nyabwa and Lulu Hassan, zeroed in on an athletes training camp in Nakuru where several young girls have accused some top coaches of ruining their lives.

In a press release sent to newsrooms, Sports and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa expressed dismay saying he is against such inhumane acts that send the sports sector into disrepute.

“These sexual abuse reports contravene the Humanitarian Law and Kenya’s Sexual Offences Act of 2006. It is deeply saddening that the dreams of these aspiring athletes may have been crushed by unscrupulous coaches and officials,” reads the statement.

The situation has reportedly resulted to a number of senior athletes discouraging their children from joining athletics.

The Cabinet Secretary issued a stern warning saying those disregarding the code of management will be expelled from managing any sports activities both locally and abroad.

“All sports federations must put in place measures that will protect our young sports persons especially ladies to forestall such incidents in the future,” he said.

Echesa instructed Athletics Kenya Head of Youth Department Barnabas Korir, to lead investigations into the allegations while appealing to Kenyans to report any such occurrences.

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