A report into the debacle concerning Kenya’s delegation at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro has claimed some of the issues which plagued their stay in the Brazilian city were caused by an over-reliance on Government funding.
The document, created by the Rio 2016 Probe Committee, has been delivered to Sports Minister Hassan Wario, who is set to study its findings before making the report public.
It highlighted the fact that the Sports Ministry provided 90 per cent of the Sh600 million (£4.9 million/$5.9 million/€5.4 million) budget for Kenya’s team at the Games as a key issue as it led to apparent financial impropriety.
The report from the Probe Committee, established by Wario last month in the wake of a number of mismanagement allegations, claimed key officials within the Sports Ministry lobbied for paid positions at the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) as a result of the amount of money they had given to help the country prepare for Rio 2016.
Paul Ochieng, chairman of the Committee, revealed some of the money which was paid has been returned.
This included a total of Sh1 million (£8,100/$9,900/€9,000) received by an unnamed official, despite her deciding not to travel to Rio for the Games.
Ochieng, a long-serving dean of students at Strathmore University in Nairobi, told Kenyan publication Daily Nation that the report "answers many questions that have been out there in the public domain and goes on to shed light to various controversies surrounding Kenya’s preparation for and participation in the Rio Olympics".
The main contents of the report have remained a secret and are not expected to be revealed until Wario has looked over its recommendations.
Various stakeholders were interviewed as part of the process, including Government and Federation officials, elite sportsmen and sportswomen along with sponsors, NOCK executives and media.
"The Committee would like to thank our sportsmen and women, their coaches and the honest officials for pulling off Kenya’s best ever performance at the Olympics despite the glaring management inadequacies," said Ochieng.
"We thank them for acting in honesty and in national interest and we call upon others to act in similar stride and in appreciation that the Republic of Kenya is bigger than any individual.
"Our recommendations are in great details and I would not like to jump the gun at this but present the report to Wario."
The accusations surrounding the Kenyan team led to Wario formally disbanding the NOCK last month.
Officials were accused of key accommodation and travel mishaps, including the "mishandling of accreditation", as well as kits which allegedly never reached athletes.
All senior officials were directly accused of wrongdoing except for the body's chairman, Kipchoge Keino, a double Olympic gold medallist.
NOCK officials Stephen Arap Soi, Francis Paul Kinyili and Pius Ochieng all denied charges of stealing and abuse of office after appearing before magistrates in Nairobi late last month.
Charges have been dropped against NOCK treasurer Fridah Shiroya, who is now expected to testify against the other officials as a witness.
A clear the air meeting was held last month in Lausanne between sporting and Government officials from Kenya and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The IOC ordered the NOCK to immediately convene an Extraordinary General Assembly in order to "address and clarify" the issues which arose during the Olympics.
Kenya won six gold, six silver and one bronze medals at the Olympics - all in athletics - to become the leading African nation at Rio 2016, despite the problems.