A team of Athletes and Women’s Volleyball team set to represent the country at the Africa Games in Morocco was thrown out of their hotel rooms at the St. Luke’s Hotel along Thika Road on Tuesday night over unpaid accommodation bills.
The teams were residing in the city hotel ahead of the continental games slated for August 19 to 31 in Morocco.
World Champion Julius Yego posted the sorry photos on social media, as they were evicted out of their rooms with their luggage and prevented from leaving the hotel until their bills were paid,
According to Capital Sports Yego said, they found their belongings at the lounge upon returning from training around 5 pm on that evening.
The prolific javelin thrower slammed the ministry for frustrating athletes to a point that they considered quitting, angrily posting on facebook lamenting on how they represent the country wholeheartedly but are treated poorly.
“We have not even had supper! This is so disrespectful to be treated this way. It is shameful and yet we always get to the field to fight for our country. If this is how our own government pays us back, then it is a pity,” a volleyball player further said
However, Sports Principal Secretary (PS), Kirimi Kaberia, accused Athletics Kenya (AK) of blackmail.
According to Kaberia, AK had been instructed to ensure the athletes put up at either of four hotels that are government facilities. Utalii Hotel, Kenyatta University, Kenya School of Monetary Studies and Stadio Hotel, and claimed that Athletics Kenya and their volleyball counterparts didn’t consult or seek approval from the ministry before booking at teams at Luke Hotel.
This is the current in the case of a government that treats its sportspeople with lack of respect, coming hot on the heels of the national basketball team literally begging for help for their allowances to be paid at the FIBA Afrobasket in Dakar, Senegal.
Consequently, the volleyball team also faced similar tribulations of neglect at the African Championship in Egypt while the men’s and women’s hockey teams had to travel at the 11thhour for their Olympic qualifiers in South Africa after the government delayed in releasing cash for tickets.