Suspended Okeyo, Mwangi booted out of Nairobi 2017 LOC


Athletics Kenya (AK) President Lt. Gen. Jackson Tuwei (L) shake hand with Paul Mutwii, the ...
(FILE)Athletics Kenya (AK) President Lt. Gen. Jackson Tuwei (L) shake hand with Paul Mutwii, the officer in-charge of competition at the Riadha house offices in Nairobi, Kenya on January 28, 2016. Athletics Kenya made statement on various competitions that will take place in the 2016 season which included; preparation for National cross country championship, IAAF World indoor championship, World half marathon, Olympic marathon team, World youth championships and plans to curb doping menace. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha.

The appointments of Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya boss, Japhter Rugut and two senior suspended Athletics Kenya officials, David Okeyo and Isaac Mwangi in the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the Nairobi 2017 IAAF World Youth Championships have been revoked.

This was contained in a Kenya Gazette notice No. 5557 published on Friday and signed by Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts, Dr. Hassan Wario that formalises the re-organisation of the LOC.

Retired 1987 World marathon champion, Douglas Wakiihuri, also landed a position as the Assistant Director of Protocal and Hospitality in the reconstituted organising body of the biennial global track and field showpiece event set for July 12-16 at Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani.

Federation Vice-President, Okeyo and Chief Executive Officer, Isaac Mwangi are currently banned from all athletics activities by world body IAAF as investigations led by its Ethics Board into allegations of subverting the anti-doping process continue.

Okeyo was charged alongside ailing President, Isaiah Kiplagat and former Treasurer, Joseph Kinyua of using their office to cover up adverse doping findings, asking for bribes to reduce bans and siphoning sponsorship money from AK’s accounts.

Mwangi was suspended after two sprinters, Francesca Koki Manunga and Joy Zakary Nakumincha claimed he asked them for Ksh2.4m bribes each to reduce their four year bans from the sport after they tested positive at last year’s IAAF World Athletics Championships.

In the re-organised 2017 World Under 18 Championships LOC, the appointment of former Kenyan Rugby Union chairman, Mwangi Muthee, as CEO who takes over from Mwangi is ratified with AK President, Lt. Gen (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei remaining the chairman.

Maina Kamau and Ann Lokidor are the vice-chairman and vice-chairlady with AK vice-president, Jinaro Kibet the Head of Legal assisted by Faith Jepkemoi Bett.

Lawrence Monda will head the ICT deputised by Boniface Asiligwa. Former Boston and New York marathon champion, Ibrahim Hussein who is an International Technical Official as well as the head of IAAF Regional Performance Centre retains his Technical and Competitions Director portfolio.

He will be assisted by AK vice-president, Paul Mutwii.

Others are Chris Mutungi and Nahum Okwiya (Director and Assistant Director of Media and Broadcasting), Stephen Njoroge Muthuma (Director Finance), Joseph Lagat (Director Commercial and Marketing), Sally Sia (Assistant Director, Commercial and Marketing), Colonel Charles Owino (Director Protocal and Hospitality), Engineer Kinyua Wamugunda (Director Transport), Paul Ejore (Assistant Director Transport), Dr. Wario Guyo (Director Accommodation) and Peter Angwenyi (Assistant Director Accommodation).

Dr. Jared Nyakiba (Director Medical and Anti-Doping), Dr. Victor Bargoria (Assistant Director, Medical and Anti-Doping), Diana Wambua (Director Volunteers) and Susan Kamau (Assistant Director Volunteers) round the LOC.

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