(Full article here: http://www.letsrun.com/?p=95281) Yesterday, The Sunday Times in the UK had a lengthy follow-up piece on its ongoing investigation into potential criminal wrong-doing involving Athletics Kenya's deal with Nike. The big development in the story is that the allegations are now being investigated as a criminal matter in Kenya.The Sunday Times article can be read in its entirety here (subscription required):http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/thedopingscandal/article1633363.eceThe story has been summarized briefly elsewhere but we've read it and give you the key details.The story focuses on previous allegations made by former Athletics Kenya staffer Matthews Kiprono Kiptum in a sworn affidavit seen by the paper. Kiptum first became concerned that the relationship between Nike and Athletics Kenya wasn't kosher way back in 2003.
According to Kiptum, the deal between Athletics Kenya and Nike became strained by the time 2010 rolled around.
In 2010, Papa Diack tried to encourage Athletics Kenya to terminate its deal with Nike and sign with Li-Nang. The story says Diack's firm actually put $200,000 into Athletics Kenya's account and that amount was quickly taken out by Athletics Kenya's VP David Okeyo without justification according to Kiptum.
Nike then countered with a new offer.
Kiptum says large sums from Nike were pocketed by Athletics Kenya officials over the next few years as $100,000 in cash was taken out by Joseph Kinyua (the treasurer at the time) in 2011 and $100,000 by David Okeyo in 2012.
Papa Diack of course was furious as his firm lost out on both commissions from the Li-Ning deal and the $200,000.
Kiptum says he raised concerns with Nike about this as it was happening but Nike said it was their policy to not talk about individual contracts and he needed to raise his concerns with Athletics Kenya directly.
Last week, a spokesman for Nike told the paper it had operated with â€œintegrityâ€ and with â€œexpectation and understandingâ€ that its funds would be â€œused to support and service the teams and athletesâ€. The spokesman said they are cooperating with the local authorities in their investigation.
In terms of the investigation, Athletics Kenya officials have been interviewed by detectives and the head of Kenyan policeâ€™s criminal investigation department is quoted as saying: â€œItâ€™s upon the prosecutor to decide the way forward. If he says we arrest and charge, we will do it but if he recommends a further probe, we are ready. We are waiting.â€
The paper also notes how Seb Coe is a paid ambassador for Nike.