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Senior Kenyan official arrested in Rio scandal

Kenya‘s National Olympic Committee Vice Chairman Ben Ekumbo appeared at Nairobi Magistrate court on Tuesday (November 22) and was ordered to remain in detention as police investigate allegations of theft of funds and sports kits meant for the national team at Rio Olympics.

Ekumbo was arrested on Monday (November 21) after boxes containing Nike equipment and team Kenya uniforms were found at his house. Among the items seized from Ekumbo’s house were official sweaters, tracks, jackets, swimming goggles, swimming jackets and other kits dating from the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi to Rio 2016. Ekumbo is the fifth official arrested in the investigation of alleged theft and abuse of office during the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

Large sums of money meant to cover the expenses of Kenya‘s team at the Rio Olympics were misappropriated by officials, according to an investigation ordered by the country’s sports ministry. The report, seen by Reuters, said the money had been earmarked to buy air tickets for team members, but was instead taken by unidentified ministry officials.

 

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Jade Webster

Jade Webster

Jade Webster has rejoined the Cayman 27 Team as Sports Reporter/ Producer in August 2016. Jade has a background in News and has developed a passion for Sports while covering international Games. Jade was one of 35 Young Reporters selected worldwide to be apart of the Young Reporters Programme by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the Second Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. She was awarded the 'Best IOC Young Reporter', and went on to cover the Second Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lilehammer, Norway. Jade was also selected as a Young Reporter in 2015 to cover the Toronto Pan American Games, where she was awarded a Hockey Stick for her hard-work and dedication. Jade was the Press Officer for the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. She graduated with honors in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Florida

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