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Transparency International Kenya:Kenyan Sports is compromised by corruption


TI KenyaAfrica is vulnerable to serious reputational risks across all sports and is already compromised by corruption.
This is according to the Global corruption report on sports launched early today in Nairobi.
The global Transparency Report was launched in 2001 to bring together the expertise of anti-corruption movement within and beyond transparency international to focus on corruption issues per sector. The Transparency International has in the past issued reports on climate change, private sector, water, Judiciary and education.
This year the Transparency International is focusing on examining corruption and corruption risks in sports.
This comes at a time when Kenya is staring in the face of a possible four year Olympic ban by World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) after the country failed to take action to tackle its drugs problems.
The sanction could lead to the African country suffering the same fate as Russia, whose athletes have been banned from international competition over state-sponsored doping and are likely to miss this summer’s Olympics.
Kenya has at the moment a total of 19 positive tests and bans by WADA over corruption and doping cases.
“It is a sad state for us all to say in spite of all the efforts that a lot people are trying to make corruption in many forms is probably as bad if not worse in our country that has never been before”. Dr Richard Leakey said.
The Chairman of the Global Transparency International board condemned the high rate of corruption in Kenyan sports saying that it is not only crime but also an economic crime.
“It is shameful for Kenyans to have aloud corruption in all aspects of life”.
“Corruption remains a constant and real risk to the world of sports” he added
He stated that solutions to corruption in sports can only be addressed by good governance, transparency and participation of intergovernmental organizations, government, athletes, sponsors, supporters and civil societies.
He also called on the government to do more in curbing corruption.

Author:Colleta Juma