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#Rio2016: Kenyan Athletes Finally Leave Brazil after being Stranded at a Rio Shanty

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Team Kenya archer and national flag bearer Shehzana Anwar leads team during Parade of Nations at Maracana Stadium. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 8/5/2016 CREDIT: Robert Beck (Photo by Robert Beck /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

Team Kenya archer and national flag bearer Shehzana Anwar leads team during Parade of Nations at Maracana Stadium. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 8/5/2016

Kenyan athletes have finally left Rio, Brazil after being stranded at a Rio shanty town where gunshots could be heard, following the closure of the Olympic village.

The captain, Wesley Korir, who is a marathon runner, said Team Kenya officials delayed their return home so that they could look for a “cheap flight” for them.

Korir who is also an independent Member of Parliament (MP), posted images on Twitter of dilapidated buildings in the area where he said they were forced to stay.

Team Kenya has been dogged by allegations of mismanagement at Rio.

Already, Sports Minister, Hassan Wario says the government has responded by disbanding the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK).

He also ordered an investigation into the problems the team faced in Rio.

Korir said the athletes had experienced “hell” and he would demand action when he returned home.

“The team won 13 medals, the highest by an African country, but one can imagine that this is how they treat us after all that,” he added.

Korir disclosed that the men’s marathon team is among the athletes stuck in the shanty town, except for gold medalist, Eliud Kipchoge, who bought his own ticket to leave.

He added in a tweet that the stranded athletes were ordered to stay indoors as gunshots were heard all night.

Kenya won six gold, six silver and one bronze medals at the 2016 Games, which ended on Sunday in Rio.

Korir confirmed in a tweet that the athletes have left Rio.

Photo Credit: Robert Beck /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images

9 Comments

  1. Neharra

    August 25, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    This is why most Africans athletes’ performances fall short in comparison to their foreign counterparts. The organization is extremely delinquent. They do not know how to take good care of their athletes, but still expect optimal results. These people just made their country proud. Instead of giving them some kind of vip treatment they are treated like refugees.what motivation is there for the next set going to the omlympics to go in and put their best foot forward.

  2. Usuji

    August 25, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    Imagine , is that how you treat athletes that represent your country and have won13 medals smh. Almost the same story with our Nigerian athletes, I’m beginning to think Africa is cursed ,honestly I don’t know how we sit and watch our leaders constantly fail us, we are constantly being cheated every day by these so called leaders. you mean they couldn’t send a plane from their fleet national carrier Kenya airways? I mean come onnnnn. The U.K. Sent a jumbo jet and painted the words “victorious” on the side of the plane to pick up their athletes , do they really have two heads? After they will come be shouting be patriotic , indeed.

  3. savonarola

    August 25, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    I am tired of complaining all the time about the failings of the black man since the people that matter don’t care and those that care don’t matter.

  4. Me

    August 25, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    When my mum said we Africans are “daft” yesterday I laughed and laughed but honestly she is right, why would someone use the money meant for people’s salary for stupid extravagant purposes or why would someone trade his/her own blood for money or again why would someone allow a person to put a loud speaker on them as a means of curing their problems. She is right we are really daft, but just in different forms.

  5. Mabel

    August 25, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    So they waited until the last minute to get a flight out and exposed the innocent athletes to who knows what. Why stay until the village even closes on you? When will African nations get it together?

  6. Just my 1 Cents

    August 26, 2016 at 1:31 am

    I’m tired of complaining about Africa and tired of people using poverty as an excuse and blaming oyinbos for our problems. Jamaica and India have extreme poverty, but their leaders and citizens don’t ACT as stupid as us.

    We will solve 90% of Africa’s problem when we purge out religion and tribalism out of the continent. And yes, I am a Christian.

    Until then, we are just fooling ourselves. Foreigners will dig out our resources and use it to better their country while we are busy fighting ourselves over useless matters.

  7. Gorgeous

    August 26, 2016 at 5:31 am

    It’s so sad when people expect you to act like animals, and you do your best to prove them right every time. I think the respect for authority by African’s causes this mess. If our governments know that they can be physically pulled down from their high horse, they will sit up. So terrible, animalistic and embarrassing. When we don’t respect ourselves why will other’s?

  8. Watcher inLA

    August 26, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    It is indeed a bloody shame. It does not matter which way you slice it, it was a very disappointing performance by the officials. Cronyism and Nepotism…I will not accuse tribalism this time around, some of the runners, let me rephrase that! Majority of the runners are from the Vice President’s tribe, but did he look out for them? Noooo.
    A new ism has taken root in Kenya and that is GLUTTONY, worse than that of the much maligned hyena. Eating everything up until they vomit only to eat some more.

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