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Athletes threaten to boycott Commonwealth

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athletesWith the Commonwealth games just days ahead, Kenyan athletes are threatening to boycott the games if their demands will not be met.

Speaking to journalists, the athletes said that they will only participate in the games if their allowances are paid in full. The athletes also want the government to provide training kits among other equipment.

The athletes were schedules to meet the Sports Cabinet Secretary, Rashid Echessa, yesterday to air their grievances, but he was a no show.

When sought for comment, the National Olympics Committee of Kenya, (NOCK) Paul Tergat, claimed that this was as a result of protracted elections which meant the committee could not function.

He further said that these were just teething problems and that the commission was working hard to make sure that the athletes are well taken care of ahead of the games.

Tergat also added that they would revise the contract with their supplier, Nike, because there were some clauses that were not favorable to them and hence needed to be changed.

Athletics Kenya president, Jackson Tuwei who was also present, downplayed the whole incident saying that this was not the first time such a thing was happening, and that they would find a way to sort out the mess.

Kenyan athletes despite being world beaters are behind South Africa who unveiled their Commonwealth kit a month ago.

In most countries, athletes have multiple kits for training, award ceremonies and the actual race, however Kenyan athletes have been forced to share on multiple occasions.

An Athletics Kenya official who requested anonymity said that they had been having trouble with clearance at the airport, and that was what was causing the delay. Moreover he pointed a finger at cartels who tamper with the kits meant for athletes. He said that these cartels take the kits, especially shoes and sell them instead of distributing them to the athletes.



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