ATHLETICS: Kenya’s Okeyo banned for life for skimming sponsor funds

The continuing problems surrounding Athletics Kenya have not stopped, as David Okeyo, at one time the Secretary General and Vice President of the federation, was banned for life from involvement in the sport and “fined $50,000 after being found guilty of diverting hundreds of thousands of dollars of sponsorship payments for his personal use.”

Reuters reported that a judgement against Okeyo found that he removed funds delivered to Athletics Kenya from Nike under a sponsorship agreement for his personal use. He claimed to have used the funds for appropriate purposes, but could not produce any documentation indicating this.

It’s another mark against Athletics Kenya, which has been battered by repeated allegations of lax doping controls, mis-use of funds and failure to support its athletes. And there is more to come.