Kenyan authorities are frustrated that foreign athletes who train in the country turned the tables on the east African nation, whose disappointing track and field performance at the London Olympics has kicked off a storm of protest back home.
Kenya finished 28th in the overall medal table with two gold, four silver and five bronze medals, compared with 13th in Beijing four years ago when they won six gold, four silver and four bronze.
Their only two golds this time came from Ezekiel Kemboi in the 3,000 metres steeplechase and David Rudisha with his world record run in the 800m.
Mo Farah, the British double Olympic distance champion and Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich, who won the men’s marathon, train at the Iten High Altitude Training Centre near Eldoret, known as the world’s capital of distance running.
Kiprotich is managed by Dutch company Global Sports Management, which also looks after Kenyan Asbel Kirui who came second in the marathon.
“You could see they were talking during the race. They were behaving as if you are helping their Ugandan rival in an Olympic race,” said Kenya’s Minister for Sport, Dr Paul Otuoma, who has been in London since the Games started on July 27.
He said an independent committee would be set up when the team returned home on Wednesday to give a report on why the performance was poorer than expected.
“It was a fiasco. The performance was terrible,” Otuoma told Reuters at his London hotel a day after the Games ended.