Athletes storm Athletics Kenya HQ

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A group of Kenyan athletes have occupied the headquarters of Athletics Kenya (AK), the sports national governing body.

Police were called to AK HQ at Riadha House in Nairobi after a protest began on Monday morning.

Local reports claim they entered through the gates and locked themselves in before revealing banners calling for AK chairman Isaiah Kiplagat to be removed.

It was announced last week that Kiplagat is one of the three senior officials being investigated by police and the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).

Allegations of corruption have been made against AK’s Vice President David Okeyo and it’s treasurer Joseph Kinyua over a deal the national governing body made with Nike.

Claims state that they pocketed close to $700,000 from Nike, an accusation that has been denied by both the sportswear manufacturer and Okeyo. AK’s Vice President has been quoted stating that that accusations were made by a disgruntled former employee.

“Isaiah Kiplagat must go, we are tired of his leadership, we need change,” the 400m hurdles world champion Nicholas Bett wrote on Facebook.

Protestors say that they want former athletes to manage AK.

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First published on: 23 November, 2015 12:00 am

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