Athletics Kenya is investigating allegations of molestation of upcoming athletes in trainings camps in the country
The measure comes after a damaging report from a training camp in Nakuru County where complains have been raised regarding mistreatment of junior athletes by the camp management.
“As a federation, our investigations are at an advanced stage and we are not leaving any stone un-turn as we seek to get to the bottom of the matter and ensure our girls are training in a safe environment,” Athletics Kenya President Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Jack Tuwei.
He reiterated that the federation’s role is to nurture the young athletes and would not allow individuals or groups to take advantage of their naivety to destroy their future careers.
“Our investigation team is on the ground and we will soon announce our next cause of action. We are not just going to stop there. Those found guilty will have to face the full force of the law and be banned from all our activities for life,” warned the President.
The federation further cautioned those charged with coaching to stick to their profession as their duty description demands and further warned against mixing sports with business and pleasure.
Apart from the unnamed training camp in Keringet, the federation will extend the broom to other training outlets in the country and ban those contravening the rules.
“We will soon be releasing guidelines pertaining to setting up an athletics camp and we will not tolerate unnecessary mushrooming of the same. It is in the interest of junior girls to have chaperons in all the camps. We will not allow any camp to operate without sanctioned coaches and chaperons,” added the AK Boss.
Finally, camps will have to put up acceptable structures that must meet Athletics Kenya specifications.
The federation also urged the public to report to its headquarters any suspicious behaviors in any of the camps so that disciplinary action would be taken.
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