Has Kenyans’ love affair with Kipchoge Keino come to a tragic end?
Kenya’s two time Olympic gold medalist Kipchoge Keino was on the chopping board on Monday after threatening that Kenya could be banned from participating the Games if he is arrested over the Rio fiasco.
The head of the Kenya Olympic Committee has been facing calls to quit alongside his colleagues over the mistreatment of athletes at the Rio Olympics earlier this month.
But while some of his colleagues have already been arrested and arraigned in court, Keino stood his ground dangling the warning.
For starters, Keino is one of the most celebrated Kenyan track and field athletes who put the country on the world map in the sixties.
He won men’s 1500m gold medal at the 1968 summer Olympics in Mexico and another gold in the men’s 3000m steeplechase in Munich Germany, four years later.
But Kenyans on Twitter were not impressed by his threat. Here are a few tweets.
So unfortunate that Kipchoge Keino is ready to loose his hero status and dignity just for the sake of power and money
— The_Collins (@Sang_Official) August 29, 2016
Outlived his usefulness
Kipchoge Keino has outlived his usefulness.
— KenTunes (@KenTunes) August 29, 2016
Face his problems head on
If we get banned from olympics,will the colonial government come back?NO.Kipchoge Keino should face his problems head on!come on!Ban us pls
— maisiba.com (@maisibahenry) August 29, 2016
This cheeky one
Why is Kipchoge Keino behaving like his last name in sapere?
— Munene Wainaina (@jack_wyse) August 29, 2016
Why is Kipchoge Keino blackmailing that if he's arrested, Ke will miss out next Olympics.He's Nock chair.We don't negotiate with terrorists
— Kenya West© (@KinyanBoy) August 29, 2016
From grace to grass
We thought Kipchoge Keino was an honorable legend. It happens that he is just a talented celebrity of yesteryear.
— Okolla™ (@TweetingBandit) August 29, 2016
Kipchoge Keino trying Kenyans' patience pic.twitter.com/WNo8XVvbDU
— Mbiti Wamuhu (@GithakaKGithaka) August 29, 2016
Going for the jugular
All the Joyriders, including Kipchoge Keino's son must face the law & be made to refund public monies they spent. #Rio2016 turned #riofiasco
— mwalimu cheruiyot (@gibbs_cheruiyot) August 29, 2016