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Kenyan Athletes from Beijing Left Behind at JKIA During the Disorganised Reception

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Kenyan athletes who emerged top in the just concluded World Athletics Championship in Beijing, China have complained of poor reception and being mishandled during the hyped reception.

According to some of the athletes, the organisers communicated contradictor messages to them and had them manhandled and pushed into Sonko Rescue vehicles without their belongings being taken care of.

Initially informed that they were to go for reception at KICC with pictures circulated that the venue was well prepared, the athletes found themselves in Ruto’s Karen home. Many individuals with different interests including opportunistic activists like Boniface Mwangi all descended on JKIA wanting to grab the athletes to satisfy own interests.

Even Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko tweeted an already pampered KICC venue which was later dumped and the athletes taken to Karen. It is not clear why the government prepared the KICC venue and later discarded the idea and how much the organisers and suppliers will be paid for the work.

Some of the athletes who were left behind at JKIA included 400m hurdles champion, Nicholas Bett.

Our athletes have made history. This is exceptional and we are proud of you. On behalf of the President and the people…

Posted by William Samoei Ruto on Monday, August 31, 2015

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