Soi skips court session again

By Richard Munga

Team Kenya Chef-de-Mission to the Rio Olympics, Stephen Soi has once again failed to appear in court for the second time with his lawyer saying his client is still in hospital.

He was to appear in court Wednesday afternoon.

The prosecution told the court that on arrival to Nairobi hospital where Soi is allegedly admitted, they were barred from gaining entry into the hospital.

The court has directed Soi’s legal counsel to avail documents in court Thursday, proving he is indeed admitted at the Nairobi Hospital.

However, NOCK treasurer Fridah Shiroya who also faces theft and abuse of office charges was released on a cash bail of Kshs 200,000, same as Francis Kanyiri and Pius Ochieng who appeared in court on Monday.

Meanwhile, International Olympic Committee has warned it may be forced to impose sanctions against Kenya following the disbandment of the National Olympic Committee by the Kenyan government.

This is after three senior officials were arrested for alleged abuse of office during the Rio Olympics.

The IOC says it will not accept any interference from government authorities that would go against the basic principles of its charter.

Kuwait remains suspended for similar reasons, and its athletes competed under the Olympic flag not its national banner in Rio.

It is not the first time the Kenyan Government has been accused of interfering with sports; with the Government receiving a similar warning late last year from FIFA, for interfering with the management of soccer in the country.

Elsewhere, the National Assembly Labour and Social Services Committee has summoned Sports CS Hassan Wario on Tuesday next week, to shed light on the role of the ministry in the Olympics and the repercussions of disbanding NOCK.



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