Sports / In-Depth
Thursday, 27 Apr 2017 09:35 EAT
The entry of seasoned sports administrators Waithaka Kioni and Nahashon Randiek in the forthcoming National Olympic of Kenya (NOCK) elections has spiced up the polls. Kioni, the Kenya Volleyball Federation chairman and Randiek, chairman of the Kenya Hockey Union, will gun for the vice-chairman's positions at the polls set for May 5 at Panari Hotel, Nairobi.
But its interesting to note that the two, who were accomplished professionals in their working days, will not face one another. Randiek, a former hockey player and and an ex-Kenya Navy colonel, is gunning for the fist vice-chairman's post, while Kioni, a director at Kenya Pipeline Company, where he also held senior management positions, is eyeing the second vice-chairman's post.
Randiek is up against Kenya Judo Association chairman Shadrack Maluki, a fast-moving go-getter, who is certainly not a pushover. Maluki spread his wings in sports administration when he served as Football Kenya Federation (FKF) head of international match security during the Sam Nyamweya administration. Among the arsenal in Randiek's stock is the fairly good performance of Kenyan hockey teams, both at the club and national levels - and at the international levels.
Kenyan teams are no strangers to international events, apart from featuring in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia, the men's national team have won medals in continental events, among them a bronze at the 1995 All Africa Games in Harare. In the Africa Cup of Nations, the women's national team finished second once and third twice between 1990 and 2015.
Kenya Hockey Union chairman Nahashon Randiiek (right).
At club level, Telkom Orange are multi-time winners of the Africa Cup of Club Championships. Kioni, an engaging speaker, who also has good public relations, has a mountain to climb as he faces Athletics Kenya (AK) President Lt Gen (Rtd) Jackson Towei, a seasoned war horse who has seen it all in athletics.
Heading Athletics Kenya, the most successful national federation in terms of performance, is not a walk in the park. And yes, the AK coffers are not empty; it is certainly one of the most (financially) endowed federations in the country. Partnering with such big corporate guns like Nike, AK has the kind of financial base that Kioni's KVF lacks.
Deep pockets matter in these elections as the aspirants need a sound financial base on which to mount their campaigns. But money is not everything; those who convince the Kenyan sports fraternity that they will effect positive changes in NOCK by taking Kenya to new heights in sports will carry the day.
But they must be innovative, strong personalities, charming and have iinter-personal skills under their belt. Kioni too runs a sport that has done the country proud. Kenyan volleyballers, specifically women's teams, have done the country proud at both national and club levels.
The past exploits of teams like Kenya Pipeline, Prisons and even Kenya Commercial Bank in the African continent are well known to Kenyans. Sportslovers need not be reminded that Kenya featured in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. But the downward curve should be addressed, Kenya is not where it used to be, and the person who has the answers and suggestions on the way forward is Waithaka Kioni.
Another interesting entrant is outspoken Boxing Association of Kenya (BAK) chairman John Kameta, who has an axe to grind with NOCK for barring him from managing the boxing team to the 2016 Rio Olympics. He is vying for the assistant treasurer;s seat where he will run against Dr Paul Mwambu of Kenya Golf Union,and Stephen Kiptanui of Kenya Taekwondo Association.
The aspirants and their parent federations:
Chairman - Paul Tergat (unopposed).
First vice chairman - Nahashon Randiek (hockey), Shadrack Maluki (judo).
Second vice-chairman - Jackson Tuwei (athletics), Waithaka Kioni (volleyball).
Secreatary-general - FK Paul (handball), John Kilonzo (rugby), Andrew Mudibo 9table tennis).
Deputy secretary - John Ogolla (weightlifting), Francis Mutuku (lawn tennis), Timothy Nabea (football), James Chacha (taekwondo).
Treasurer - Anne Njambi (badminton), Eliud Kariuki (wrestling), Elynah Sifuna (hockey).
Deputy treasurer - Stephen Kiptanui (taekwondo), Dr Sam Mwambu (golf), John Kameta (boxing).
Elected Member - Julius Mwangi (cycling), Suleiman Kanyanya (taekwondo), Paul Otula (basketball) Mohammed Shoiab (shooting), Catherine Ndereba (athletics), Peter Muchiri (badminton).
Male athletes representative - Humphrey Khayange (rugby), Female athlete representative Hellen Obiri (athletics).
Women representative - Paurvi Rawal (tennis), Tecla Lorupe (athletics), Roseline Njeri (swimming).