Kenya Swimming Federation has been ordered to make public the qualification system for all international competitions in future. The sports disputes tribunal gave the directive following a dispute filed by swimmer Issa Abdallah over the Rio Olympics selection criteria.
Abdallah pleaded that the federation had neither held a meeting nor passed any resolution regarding the selection of male and female swimmers to represent Kenya at the Rio Olympic Games.
He further told the court that KSF president Ben Ekumbo secretively and in a mala fide manner forwarded the names of Hamdan Bayusuf and Talisa Lanoe to FINA, World Swimming governing body, as Kenya’s representatives. He submitted that the KSF completely ignored the selection criteria set by the world bodies governing Olympics and swimming.
Patrick Muyah, the Vice President of KSF in his submissions asserted that the selection criteria had not been breached by the federation in which no Kenyan swimmer met the qualifying times, and therefore KSF had latitude and discretion to make decisions which would promote the spirit of competition in the sport in Kenya.
In its ruling, the Tribunal sympathised with Abdallah for the disappointment but indicated a reverse decision would have another athlete disappointed on actions of other parties.
The federation was however, punished for operating on unclear grounds and will bare the appellant’s costs to the petition.
The Tribunal shall revisit the matter on October 25th to confirm compliance of the above directions, and issuance of further actions.