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Wario: Kenyan team was not treated badly

In what is likely to draw angry reactions from Kenyans, Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario has said the team at the Rio Olympics was not mistreated.

“Was the team mishandled? Probably not. Are athletes owed allowances? I believe not. Were there joyriders on board? We shall find out,” Dr Wario said on Saturday in a speech read by the director of administration in the Sports Ministry, Aron Komen, at Afraha Stadium, Nakuru during the closing ceremony of the 37th edition of Kecoso Games.

He said the questions and many others that Kenyans had been asking in the last few weeks would be addressed as soon as the Olympics report was prepared.

However, he did not say when the report would be ready and made public.

The minister assured Kenyans that the rot that had brought shame to team would be identified, adding that the ministry would unearth any mismanagement.

The CS flew back from Rio de Janeiro on Saturday morning and shifted blame on the Kipchoge Keino-led National Olympic Committee of Kenya.

He said the government would not waver in its efforts to keep Kenyan athletes away from performance enhancing drugs.

“We want our athletes to compete fairly,” Dr Wario said.

“The endorsement of the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya by International Athletics Association Federation and the World Anti-Doping Agency was meant to ensure drugs are kept away from our athletes.”