Former long-serving Athletics Kenya President Isaiah Kiplagat is dead

Mr Kiplagat lost his battle to cancer today morning. Family members confirmed that the former President of Athletics Kenya and former Managing Director of Post Bank passed on at 10:30am at his Nairobi home.

Kiplagat has been unwell for years, but his condition became worse in the last four months. He served as the head of the sports body from 1992 -2015 and will be remembered as one of the longest serving presidents in the history of the association. In 2015, Kiplagat with two other senior athletics Kenya officials were suspended by the IAAF over allegations of sabotaging anti-doping processes and potentially diverting sponsorship funds from Nike.

Kiplagat, former AK Vice-president David Okeyo and former treasurer Joseph Kinyua were accused of siphoning Ksh50.4m from AK accounts that was alleged to have been a one-off bonus from the kitting deal for Kenya’s track and field team entered with American apparel manufacturer, Nike.

The second count relates to sabotaging the anti-doping procedures where athletes who tested positive are said to have bribed the officials to have their bans reduced or erased altogether.

Kiplagat was further accused of accepting two SUV vehicles from the Qatar as inducement to vote for them to host the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha in his capacity as a then Council Member of the world body.

He was 72 at the time of his passing.

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