Hezekiah Kipchoge Keino is one of the kenyan celebrated athletes, now a retired Kenyan track and field athlete. He was the chairman of the Kenyan Olympic Commitee (KOC) until 29th September 2017.
Before joining competitive athletes, Kipchoge Keino was a physical training instructor of the Kenyan police force trainer of the Kipchoge Keino is said to be one of the first great runner that Kenya ever produced. He is a man of notable achievements in the athlete world.
He is also a two-time Olympic gold medalist, Keino was among the first in a long line of successful middle and long distance runners to come from the country and has helped and inspired many of his fellow countrymen and women to become the athletics force that they are today.
In 2012, he was of one of 24 athletes inducted as inaugural members of the International Association of Athletics Federations Hall Of Fame.
Throughout his career, Kipchoge Keino won almost a dozen of medals. Mostly awarded for being an amazing long distance runner. Fans may have different narratives of a man that has impacted the lives of many, inspired others by his career in athletics as well as how he made his country.
The narrative does not change, or maybe it will after his name was listed on a statement from the office of the Director of Public prosecution in relation to the Rio Scandal.
In a statement, from the office of the DPP, the suspects on the list will face six counts of abuse of office and four counts of willful failure to comply with laws relating to the management of public funds.
Among those on the list, are the Former Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario, ex- Sports PS Richard Ekai and alongside Keino they will face charges of misappropriation of Rio Olympics 2016 funds.
A section of Kenyans however fear that being being implicated in this scandal will cost the retired athlete’s reputation. Here are some of the comments.
Kipchoge Keino…..the legendary athlete! IOC – Steering member, ex President – Kenya! Nooooooooo! Legends don’t do such things. The most sobre old man! Shit happens. Contentment is most elusive. May be he’s being charged for being irresponsible and allowing looting to happen
— steveBIKO (@kenjapala) October 13, 2018
Kipchoge Keino is just about to have his world renowned legacy thrown into disrepute. Way before 2016, many people had advised him to retire peacefully and preserve his legacy. But now the world is about to see the track legend in court for corruption.
— Saddique Shaban (@SaddiqueShaban) October 13, 2018
All Africa Games Gold
Doctorate of Letters (Egerton)
Doctorate of Law (Bristol)
Distinguished Service Medal
Order of the Burning Spear
About to be charged with embezzlement of Athletics Funds.
— Gabriel Oguda (@gabrieloguda) October 13, 2018
Kipchoge keino from a world beater in athletics to a world beater in embezzlement
— Tea Bag (@PatOski_) October 13, 2018
Is that Kipchoge Keino the legend?
— Josh Oluga (@Josholuga) October 13, 2018
Corruption and greed are spoilers of reputation. A person with a chequered history like Kipchoge Keino should not really go down the drain.
— ALLAN ODERA (@allanodera) October 13, 2018