Kenya Olympic officials arrested over alleged mismanagement

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Posted: Aug 26, 2016 5:46 PM

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Three officials of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) have been arrested in connection with the alleged mismanagement of the country's team at the Rio de Janeiro Games, police officials said Friday.

NOCK secretary general Francis K. Paul was detained at Nairobi's Muthaiga Police Station, according to the police officials, who were speaking on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.

The same officials said Kenya's chef de mission, Stephen arap Soi, and his deputy James Chacha were also arrested on arrival from Brazil at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

The government disbanded NOCK on Thursday, with Kenya sports minister Hassan Wario saying problems faced by the team in Rio had damaged the morale of athletes.

Those problems included a new doping scandal, ineligible athletes, missing plane tickets, and bad blood between the athletics federation and the national Olympic committee.

Even so, Kenya had its best Olympic performance in Rio, winning six golds, six silvers, and a bronze medal.