Kenya's National Olympics Committee escapes IOC suspension

Kenya's National Olympic Committee has escaped the threat of suspension after failing to adopt a new constitution but funding from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will continue to be withheld until further notice.

The IOC froze financial support to Kenya nine days ago, after the country's troubled Olympic committee failed to adopt a revised constitution, and said it would discuss the matter at its executive board meeting in Pyeongchang this week, leading to speculation that it might ban the country.

However, IOC deputy Director General Pere Miro said a Kenyan undertaking to bring in the new constitution at a meeting later this month meant the IOC had stayed the threat of further action.

The new constitution bars incumbent officials from voting during general assemblies, which some have been accused of using to prolong their own terms in office.

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