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Kenyan Olympic Officials Under Criminal Investigation

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 08 / 31 / 16

Kenya is "risking sanctions from the IOC" after the sports minister said that he had "disbanded the national Olympic body and three of its senior officials were arrested and face a criminal investigation relating to alleged abuse of office during the Rio de Janeiro Games," according to the AP. Natio...

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