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Kenya Olympic chief charged with stealing $250,000 in Rio

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Kenya’s Olympic team leader has denied stealing thousands meant for athletes’ and officials’ accommodation in Rio.

Stephen Arap Soi, the country’s chef de mission, is facing five charges related to the theft of 25.6m Kenyan shillings ($256,000, £197,000).

Two other top officials denied charges of stealing team uniforms provided by sponsor Nike.

Team Kenya, which won 13 medals at the Games, were dogged by allegations of mismanagement and corruption in Rio.

Mr Soi is accused of taking $234,000 on a flight from Kenya to Brazil on 20 July without declaring it to customs officials, according to Citizen TV.

Prosecutors say that money was not accounted for at the Olympics.

National Olympic Committee of Kenya secretary general Francis K Paul, left, and vice-chairman Pius Ochieng, right, appear at the High Court in Nairobi, Kenya

Mr Soi was charged with stealing the remainder in smaller amounts on separate occasions.

The National Olympic Committee of Kenya Vice-President Pius Ochieng and Secretary-General Francis Kinyili Paul also denied the charges levelled against them.

The next hearing is on 24 October.

Kenya won the most medals of any African country, but were beset by scandals, including athletes not receiving their Nike kits.

The East African nation ended with athletes being stranded in a Rio shanty town, while officials looked for a “cheap flight”.

The government ordered an investigation into the alleged mismanagement on their return.

 

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Durban Court Convicts Nine for public violence in South Africa.

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Following the chaotic scenes that occurred after the Nedbank Cup semi-final at Moses Mabhida Stadium in April, South African Police Services (SAPS) have confirmed that nine people have been convicted of public violence.



Kaizer Chiefs were knocked out of the competition after losing 2-0 to eventual champions Free State Stars, which prompted scores of angry fans to storm the pitch, causing damage worth R2.6 million.

The SAPS issued out a statement on Thursday, revealing that nine of the 11 suspects who appeared in the Durban Regional Court in connection with the incident were successfully convicted.

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The incident left 18 people injured, with six admitted to hospital, and the match result prompted Steve Komphela – who coached Kaizer Chiefs at the time – to resign from his post after a tumultuous tenure where the club failed to secure silverware in three years.

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The club was fined by the PSL, and was forced to stage two home matches at the venue – against Polokwane City and Chippa United -behind closed doors.

Should a similar incident occur in the next 24 months, Amakhosi will have to play another home fixture without any crowd support, according to PSL sanction.

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Deontay Wilder warns ‘nervous’ Tyson Fury ahead of December 1.

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WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has warned he will be Tyson Fury’s “worst nightmare” and show he is a “gift from God” on 1 December.




The American, 33, says he is “over prepared” for the Los Angeles bout and feels Fury has shown nerves in adding trainer Freddie Roach to his team.

Roach has said he will be Fury’s cut man and work under trainer Ben Davison.

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“They can instruct him, motivate him but there’s only one man in the ring,” said Wilder. “It ain’t no team thing.”

“When you get multiples of trainers, for me that is nervous behaviour.”

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