Vice-president of Athletics Kenya and IAAF Council member reportedly being investigated by police for siphoning off funds from a sponsorship deal

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has confirmed it has passed information on to the world governing body’s independent ethics commission following reports that IAAF Council member David Okeyo is being investigated by police.

Okeyo, who is also the vice-president of Athletics Kenya, is alleged to have siphoned off funds from a sponsorship deal between Athletics Kenya and sportswear company Nike.

Okeyo is reported to have denied any wrongdoing.

“The IAAF was not aware of the investigation into Mr Okeyo in Kenya and the information has immediately been passed on to the independent IAAF Ethics Commission,” read a statement from the sport’s world governing body.

On what checks the IAAF undertakes with respect to the officials who are appointed or elected to hold IAAF offices, the IAAF added: “As part of the root and branch governance reform project that Sebastian Coe has announced, there will be new processes introduced to ensure all persons appointed to IAAF Commissions and advisory groups in the future have been duly vetted and declared as ‘fit and proper persons’ to hold office.

“More than 200 people were due to be appointed to new commissions and advisory groups at the Council meeting at the end of this month but their appointment will now be delayed until the new procedures are in place.”

Meanwhile, in a separate case reported on Sunday, coach Paul Simbolei is said to have claimed that three marathon runners paid bribes to Athletics Kenya in exchange for what The Associated Press described as “lenient doping bans”.

“Paul Simbolei told The Associated Press he had informed police about the bribes and that he has been receiving threats since going to authorities with the allegations,” read the report in part.