FILE - In this Friday, May 5, 2017 file photo, Incumbent head of Kenya's National Olympic Committee Kipchoge 'Kip' Keino, attends a meeting on the day committee elections were supposed to take place in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenya's director of public prosecutions said on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018 that distance-running great Keino and six other former officials will be charged with corruption relating to the alleged misappropriation of more than $545,000 that was meant to help fund the country's team at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Keino, a trailblazer for Kenyan runners and a gold medalist at the 1968 Olympics, was head of the national Olympic committee until last year. (AP Photo/Sayyid Abdul Azim, File)

Kip Keino hands himself over to police in corruption case

October 18, 2018 - 3:50 am
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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Running great Kip Keino has handed himself over to police and is under arrest following allegations he and six other Kenyan sports and government officials embezzled and misappropriated more than $545,000 set aside for their team at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Keino, former sports minister Hassan Wario and two other former sports ministry officials surrendered to police Thursday and are due in court Friday to plead to charges of corruption and abuse of office.

The 78-year-old Keino is a two-time Olympic champion, an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee and one of the world's most revered distance runners. He was the forerunner for generations of Kenyan champions when he won gold in the 1,500 meters at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.

His reputation is under threat after he was accused of playing a role in the embezzlement of more than $200,000 and misuse of more than $300,000 around the time of the Rio Games, when he was president of the Kenyan Olympic committee.

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