Three NOCK officials have reportedly been arrested following problems at Rio 2016 ©Getty Images

Francis Paul is one of three senior officials at the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) to have reportedly been arrested having returned to the country following the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Assistant secretary general James Chacha and Stephen Arap Soi, the Kenyan team’s Chef de Mission in Rio, have also reportedly been detained.

Paul is said to have been arrested yesterday evening and placed at Muthaiga Police Station to await trial on unspecified charges.

The arrests come after the NOCK was disbanded on Thursday (August 25) by Kenyan Sports Minister Hassan Wario, who announced all its duties would be transferred to Sports Kenya.

Wario stated that the NOCK had been disbanded as a result of a "catalogue of logistical and mismanagement issues" which "damaged the morale of athletes" during Rio 2016.

Paul has already denied wrongdoing and claimed Wario does not have the power to disband the organisation.

It has been claimed there were key accommodation and travel mishaps, including mishandling of accreditation and kits which never reached athletes.

Police officials are claimed to have raided the NOCK offices and discovered hundreds of Kenyan team uniforms which were not given to athletes participating at the Games.

The arrests come after Hassan Wario disbanded the NOCK ©Getty Images
The arrests come after Hassan Wario disbanded the NOCK ©Getty Images

“The consignment is big and we surely don’t know why these uniforms were not given to the team,” a police source reportedly told nairobinews.

Problems in Rio for Kenya also included a doping scandal which saw a coach expelled from the Games for impersonating an athlete, as well as selection issues and tension between Athletics Kenya and the NOC.

Many team members were reportedly made to wait in Rio de Janeiro after the Olympic Village closed, allegedly because the NOCK decided to wait in order to book cheaper flights.

While most other teams returned home with chartered jets and welcoming parades, Kenyan Marathon runner Wesley Korir claimed the team had been forced to move into a poor standard of accommodation after leaving the Village.

An eight person panel has been convened to carry out an urgent investigation and recommendations for further action.

This is due to be completed by September 30.

Despite the problems, Kenya won six gold, six silvers and one bronze medal, all in athletics, to become the leading African nation on the Rio 2016 medal table.

The case marks another breakdown in relations between an NOC and a National Government, something the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had sought to avoid by tightening its rules on autonomy and Government interference.