By Buckely Fedha/Satement
The Chairman of the IAAF Ethics Commission, Michael Beloff, has Monday provisionally suspended, from all offices or positions in either the Athletics Kenya or the IAAF; Athletics Kenya president Isaiah Kiplagat, vice president David Okeyo and former Athletics Kenya treasurer Joseph Kinyua.
In a statement, the chairman says each individual is provisionally suspended from any office or position in either Athletics Kenya or the IAAF which each presently holds and is precluded from assuming any new office or position in either organization for a period of 180 days starting on 30th of November 2015, pending investigation of complaints made against them and evidence and information which has been received by the IAAF Ethics Commission.
“The Chairman of the Ethics Commission has imposed these Orders for Provisional Suspension having carefully considered the complaints, evidence and information referred to the Ethics Commission, which disclose prima facie cases.” He added.
Which include; “cases warranting investigation, against Mr Kiplagat, Mr Okeyo and Mr Kinyua in relation to (1) potential subversion of the anti-doping control process in Kenya and (2) potential improper diversion from Athletics Kenya of funds received from Nike.”
“A prima facie case has also been found to exist in respect of Mr Kiplagat in relation to receipt, personally or by Athletics Kenya, of an apparent gift of two motor vehicles from the Qatar Association of Athletics Federation in the period 2014-2015.” He added
The Ethics Commission stresses that the imposition of Orders for Provisional Suspension in this case in no way prejudges the outcome of the investigation which will now be carried out by the Commission’s appointed investigator, Mr Sharad Rao.
“Mr Kiplagat, Mr Okeyo and Mr Kinyua remain presumed innocent until the outcome of the investigation and the determination of any disciplinary charges which may follow from that investigation.”