Funding still frozen for Kenya's NOC but no IOC suspension - for now
Funding for Kenya’s national Olympic committee is to continue to be frozen by the International Olympic Committee, albeit the NOC has escaped being suspended for now, after it failed to make constitutional changes demanded by the IOC.
Following the NOC’s undertakings to adopt a revised constitution at an extraordinary general meeting next week, Pere Miro, the IOC's deputy director general (pictured), wrote in a letter to the Kenyan National Olympic Committee that its executive board “welcomed the recent positive developments, as mentioned in your letter dated 14 March 2017, in particular the firm commitment from your NOC to rectify the situation and the resolution signed by the members of your NOC Executive Committee to support the adoption of this revised constitution at its next Extraordinary General Assembly already reconvened by your NOC on 28 March 2017.
“In view of this significant progress, no further action will be taken at this stage by the IOC. Nevertheless, the IOC EB has confirmed that all payments of subsidies to your NOC continue to be on hold until further notice.”
The IOC added that it will continue to monitor the process closely, including plans to hold an elective general assembly. The IOC wants the new constitution to include a measure barring officials from voting for themselves in election.
The Kenyan government controversially suspended the National Olympic Committee of Kenya in the wake of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, prompting the IOC to say that it would not accept “any action or interference from government authorities that would go against the basic principles and rules of the Olympic Charter.”
Since then the government’s move has been overruled by a local high court decision. However, the IOC wants the NOCK to adopt a new constitution paving the way for fresh elections.