The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has launched investigations into the widespread allegations that the Ministry of Sports flew 32 joyriders to attend the 2022 World Athletics Championship in Oregon, United States of America.
The 32 non-athletes, who reportedly coughed KES2 million each for the trip left Kenya for the US last Friday to cover up any suspicion from the US embassy officials responsible for the issuance of visas.
This scheme made travel list increase from 80 people to 112 disrupting the systemic issuance of visas to athletes expected to fly the country’s flag in the World Championships.
The unfolding events have arguably rubbed the DCI boss George Kinoti the wrong way, expressing his disappointment by stating that the agency was investigating the inclusion of joyriders, coaches and technical officers included in the list by Athletics Kenya (AK).
“It is really shocking… this is a shame not to the country but to the whole world… we shall not accept,” Kinoti stated.
However, despite arriving in Eugene Oregon 2 hours before the race, the Africa’s fastest sprinter managed to qualify for the 100m semifinals at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday.
The former rugby player beat all the odds to become third in heat 7 to book one of the automatic three spots for the semis scheduled for Sunday at 04:00 a.m East African time.
He recorded 10.10 seconds on the clock advancing to the next stage where he will be seeking to book a final berth alongside the likes of other heavy hitters like Olympic Silver medalist Fred Kerley.