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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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ESPN seal bumper broadcast deal with Tyson Fury

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British heavyweight Tyson Fury has reached a deal with ESPN broadcast, the deal entails that the platform will now be able to show his fights.



Fury reacted to the development by stating that “I’m delighted,”. “With ESPN and BT Sport behind me, the biggest sports.Adding that  “I’m only a fighter, I can only fight who they put in front of me. I want the biggest fights – the (Anthony) Joshua’s, the Wilder’s of the world and everybody.

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The deal with ESPN could have an impact on the 30-year-old’s rematch with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.

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“Everyone thinks it was a money-related issue, but it wasn’t” – Naomi Osaka

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World number one Naomi Osaka has cleared the air saying she was not willing to “sacrifice” her happiness following her surprise split from coach Sascha Bajin 16 days after winning her second grand slam – the Australian Open, after she won her first at the 2018 US Open.




“Everyone thinks it was a money-related issue, but it wasn’t,” said Osaka.

“I wouldn’t put success over my happiness. I’m not going to sacrifice that just to keep a person around.

“That’s one of the most hurtful things I’ve ever heard.”

The 21 year old Japanese, had worked with Bajin for just over a year when she announced the split on Twitter.

Bajin, the 2018 WTA coach of the year, is a former hitting partner of Grand Slam champions Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki.

Under him, Osaka rose from world number 72 at the start of 2018 to the summit of the rankings little over a year later.

Though no particular reason was given for the split as of now, but Osaka says issues with the German had been “brewing” at January’s Australian Open.

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“I think some people could see that, if they saw how we interacted,” she told reporters at the WTA event in Dubai.

“I’m not going to say anything bad about him because, of course, I’m really grateful for all the things he’s done.

“During the Australian Open, I was just trying to tell myself to get through it. I’m not sure, but I think you guys noticed.”

She expressed optimism over having a new coach in place before March 4, when the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells takes off.

“[The most important thing for me is] just to have a positive mindset,” Osaka added. “I don’t want someone that’s in the box saying negative stuff. That would be the worst.

“[I want] someone that’s kind of direct, not afraid to say things to my face. I’d rather someone say it directly to me than go around my back. That’s one of the biggest things.”

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