The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has cut off funding to the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (Nock) until the IOC executive board meets to decide on Kenya’s fate next week in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The IOC Executive Board meets from March 16-17 where Kenya is likely to face disciplinary action after the Nock General Assembly on Tuesday failed to pass the proposed new constitution.
The failure to pass the draft constitution now means that the elections that IOC had ordered before the end of March under the new dispensation will not be held.
IOC, through its Head of Media Relations and Monitoring Emmanuelle Moreau, disclosed that they are not happy that Nock General Assembly went against the tripartite agreement involving IOC, Nock and government of Kenya.
“The IOC is extremely disappointed by the outcome of the Nock extraordinary General Assembly which did not address governance issues in the appropriate way,” said Moreau in a statement.
“This goes against the tripartite agreement (IOC-Nock-Government authorities) reached in September 2016 in Lausanne and the roadmap and discussions with the Nock over the last few months.”
“The IOC is now putting on hold all payments of subsidies to the Nock until a decision of the IOC Executive Board is taken at its meeting next week,” added Moreau.
Kenya Table Tennis Association (KTTA) president Andrew Mudibo welcomed the move by IOC saying that Nock executive clearly exhibited that they are “not ready for change” after they voted to ensure that the required two thirds majority to change the constitution is not attained.
“We are demanding for the resignation of Nock’s Executive from their positions,” said Mudibo.
Mudibo said the new constitution will not be passed if Nock executive will be allowed to vote on the document.
On Tuesday, the “ayes” for the new constitution carried the day with 19 votes against 13 but failed to garner the required threshold to adopt it. Four of the 11 executive committee members voted for the new constitution.