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...as it faces possible suspension next week
NAIROBI---The IOC has cut fund-
ing to Kenya and said yesterday
it will make a decision over the
country's Olympic future at an
executive board meeting next
week, when the troublesome
track and field power faces the
prospect of being banned.
The IOC statement came after
National Olympic Committee of
Kenya executives, led by two-time
Olympic champion Kip Keino, de-
fied the IOC at a meeting on Tuesday
and refused to make changes to their
It was the second time in a week
where the NOCK failed to adopt gov-
ernance changes in a new constitu-
tion, which the IOC has asked it to do.
Kenya will now be on the agenda
of its board meeting in Pyeongchang,
South Korea, next Thursday and Fri-
day, the IOC said. The IOC wouldn't
be drawn on whether Kenya's Olym-
pic committee would be suspended,
but did not rule it out.
"The IOC is extremely disappoint-
ed by the outcome of the NOC ex-
traordinary general assembly which
did not address governance issues in
the appropriate way," the IOC said.
An IOC ban would mean Kenya
would not be allowed to send a team
to the Olympics or participate in an
IOC-run event while it is suspend-
ed. Kenya would also lose its IOC
funding for the period of the ban.
The one positive for Kenya is that a
ban now would give it three years to
put its house in order before the next
Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.
Kenya is a force in track and field,
finishing second behind the United
States in the track medals table at
last year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
But its track federation and Olym-
pic committee have been dogged by
scandals since the 2012 Olympics and
Kenya has been a major problem for
the IAAF, the World Anti-Doping
Agency, and now the IOC.
The national Olympic committee
needs to be re-formed because it was
disbanded by the government in the
weeks following the Rio Games amid
charges of theft and mismanagement
by a string of senior officials, includ-
ing two vice presidents, the secretary
general, and the team leader at the
They are facing criminal charges in
Kenya after $800,000 and swathes
of sports gear provided by sponsor
Nike and meant for athletes went
missing, according to investigators.
The eye-opening extent of the
scandal, and the embarrassment for
NOCK, was illustrated in November
when vice president Ben Ekumbo,
who is also head of Kenya's swim-
ming federation, was found by police
hiding under his bed in an apartment
filled with boxes of new Nike running
shoes, tracksuits and other equip-
ment. He was arrested and charged
Kenya also sent two officials home
from the Rio Games, the first after he
was implicated in a doping cover-up
back in Kenya. The other was found
using an athlete's accreditation to
gain access to the Olympic Village
for the free food, resulting in him
being involved in a farcical mix-up
over a doping test.
Since the disbanding, the IOC and
the Association of National Olympic
Committees of Africa have been try-
ing to piece Kenya's Olympic com-
mittee back together.
But at Tuesday's meeting, the 13
members of the NOCK executive
committee voted against consti-
tutional changes, which needed a
two-thirds majority to be passed.
The 19 sports federations affiliated
to Kenya's Olympic committee voted
for the changes, but their votes wer-
IOC observers left that meeting
without commenting, but Kenyan
track federation official Barnaba
Korir said the country was in trouble.
"The observers looked very upset
problem," Korir said. (AP)
Kiwis and South Africa
evenly poised at stumps
DUNEDIN---The first cricket Test
between New Zealand and South
Africa was evenly poised after an
eventful second day yesterday.
When stumps were drawn, New
Zealand was 177-3, trailing South
Africa by 131 runs after the tourists
were bowled out for 308 following a
lower order batting collapse.
The New Zealand captain Kane
Williamson was 78 not out at the
close, having shared a 102-run
second wicket partnership with
Jeet Raval (52), then a tense fourth
wicket stand with nightwatchman
Jeetan Patel (9 not out).
The Proteas started the day in a
strong position at 229-4, with Dean
Elgar unbeaten on 128 and Temba
Bavuma on 38, but lost their last six
wickets for just 56 runs to be dis-
missed for 308 shortly after lunch
at University Oval.
Elgar posted his highest test score
of 140 and Bavuma made 64 before
Trent Boult (4-64) and Neil Wagner
(3-88) combined to mop up the tail.
Elgar added 12 runs in 50 minutes
to his overnight score of 128, passing
his previous test best of 129, before
falling to his former schoolboy rival
Wagner, who was born in South
Africa and frequently played against
Elgar in high school matches, dis-
missed Elgar with a short ball that
caught the edge and flew to New
Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Wagner,
breaking a 104 run partnership with
Bavuma reached his fifth half cen-
tury in tests from 143 balls in just
over three hours and looked likely
to take over the anchor role before
falling to Boult in sight of lunch,
gloving a legside catch to Watling.
"It was hard graft this morning
and obviously we got a few rewards
for it later on," Wagner said.. "It was
harder graft again over the bat and
obviously good cricket all round.
"I thought South Africa batted
well yesterday and batted well this
morning again, but as bowlers, we
stuck at it and kept fighting. Finally
we got a couple of breakthroughs and
things started happening for us."
South Africa made a strong start
with the ball in hand when Vernon
Philander dismissed New Zealand
opener Tom Latham for 10 in a su-
perb opening spell but Williamson
and Raval then dug in to rebuild the
New Zealand innings.
The partnership ended when
Raval was caught by Elgar off Kes-
hav Maharaj, triggering a dramatic
last hour as the shadows started to
creep across the ground. Ross Tay-
lor retired hurt on 8 after tweaking
a calf muscle then Henry Nicholls
departed for 12, brilliantly caught by
Hashim Amla from the bowling of
Maharaj, who ended the day with
2-57 from 16 overs. (AP)
Celtics defeat Warriors again
scored 25 points as the Boston
Celtics beat Golden State 99-86
on Wednesday night, spoiling
the Warriors' lone home game
in a nearly three-week span.
Splash Brothers Stephen Curry
and Klay Thompson combined to
shoot just 4 for 17 from 3-point
range as Golden State struggled
again without injured star Kevin
Durant, who spoke before the game
wearing a bulky brace on his injured
left knee and using crutches.
Curry had 23 points, and Thomp-
son 25 as the Warriors' 10-game
home winning streak was snapped
---nearly a year after Boston ended
a 54-game home win streak for the
Kelly Olynyk added 17 points,
five rebounds and five assists for
Jazz 115, Rockets 108
HOUSTON---Rudy Gobert and
Gordon Hayward each scored 23
points to help Utah beat Houston
for its fourth straight victory.
James Harden had 35 points for
the Rockets. They dropped their
second in a row.
The Rockets trailed by double
digits for much of the game as
they struggled from 3-point range.
Houston was just 8 of 32 to end a
streak of 18 straight games with at
least 10 3-pointers.
The Jazz won two of the three
meetings, the first time since the
2011-12 season that they've won
a season series over the Rockets.
Raptors 94, Pelicans 87
NEW ORLEANS---Jonas Valanci-
unas had 25 points and 13 rebounds
as Toronto beat a New Orleans
squad that played without All-Star
forward Anthony Davis during the
The Pelicans announced that Da-
vis hurt his left wrist, an injury that
appeared to occur when he crashed
to the court during the team's pos-
session in the first half. Davis was
fouled by Normal Powell as he tried
to catch an alley-oop pass. Davis,
who shoots right-handed, made
two free throws after the foul, but
never emerged from the locker
room after halftime.
The Pelicans said X-rays did not
reveal any broken bones, but that
Davis, who did not speak to report-
ers after the game, had a contusion
and would be re-evaluated daily.
DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points
and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans.
Timberwolves 107, Clippers 91
ny Towns had 29 points and 14
rebounds as Minnesota beat Los
Andrew Wiggins scored 20
points, and Ricky Rubio had 15
points, 12 assists and six rebounds
for the Timberwolves. They were
well-rested after having their game
against Portland on Monday night
postponed because of condensa-
tion on the court.
DeAndre Jordan had 20 points
and 13 rebounds and Blake Griffin
scored 16 points for the Clippers.
Chris Paul had 10 assists but scored
just seven points on 3-for-9 shoot-
Spurs 114, Kings 104
SAN ANTONIO---Manu Ginobi-
li had 19 points while David Lee
added 18 points and 10 rebounds
as San Antonio rallied without Ka-
whi Leonard to beat Sacramento.
San Antonio won its ninth
straight and extended its NBA
record for 50-win seasons to 18
Tyreke Evans had a season-high
26 points for Sacramento. The
Kings have lost six straight. (AP)
Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson, center, looks for a shot between
Boston Celtics' Amir Johnson, left, and Avery Bradley during the first
half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, in Oakland, California.
In this December 8, 2016 file photo,
International Olympic Committee
(IOC) president Thomas Bach, from
Germany speaks during a press
conference after the executive board
meeting of the International Olympic
Committee, in Lausanne,
Switzerland. AP PHOTO
South Africa, 1st Innings 308 (Dean
Elgar 140 not out, Temba Bavuma
64, Faf du Plessis 52; Trent Boult
4-64, Neil Wagner 3-88, Jeetan Pa-
New Zealand, 1st Innings 177-3
(Kane Williamson 78 not out, Jeet
Raval 52; Keshav Maharaj 2-57).
IOC cuts off funding to Kenya
BUCKS 104, KNICKS 93
HEAT 108, HORNETS 101
WIZARDS 123, NUGGETS 113
MAGIC 98, BULLS 91
HAWKS 110, NETS 105
PACERS 115, PISTONS 98
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