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Kenya officials charged in Olympic corruption inquiry
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Kenya officials charged in Olympic corruption inquiry

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Former sports minister Hassan Wario is one of the seven to face corruption charges

Seven senior Kenyan officials will be charged over alleged corruption surrounding the 2016 Olympic Games, the country’s chief prosecutor said.

Those accused include ex-Sports Minister Hassan Wario and former Olympic Committee head Kipchoge Keino, a two-time Olympic gold medallist.

More than 55 million shillings ($545,542; £414,607) meant for the athletes was allegedly siphoned off.

Chief prosecutor Noordin Haji said they must turn themselves in by Monday.

“The impact of corruption and siphoning of funds meant for the facilitation of our sportsmen and women has a negative impact on their ability to perform optimally,” Mr Haji said in a statement.

Keino was himself an Olympic legend, winning gold for the 1,500m in the 1968 Mexico City games and another gold at the 1972 Munich games for the 3,000m steeplechase.

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Kipchoge Keino won gold medals at the 1968 games and the 1972 games

The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro earned Kenya six gold and six silver medals as well as a bronze – the country’s best medal tally.

But claims of corruption against team bosses and government officials marred their success.

The charges are the latest in a series of corruption investigations in Kenya.

In May, Kenyan police arrested the head of a government youth agency over an alleged theft of 8bn Kenyan shillings ($78m; £59m).

President Uhuru Kenyatta pledged to fight corruption when he came to power in 2013.

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Source BBC News

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