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.