IAAF coy over RAF wrangles

The International Associations of Athletics federation has refused to give away on what will happen to the national Athletics Federation (RAF) if the on-going crisis does not end. For a few months now, two parallel bodies have been in charge of the body since the resignation of the body’s former president Gerald Ntare.
Rwanda's 10000m record champion Disi Dieudonné. The now retired athlete was one of those sacked after reportedly swindling funds meant for last year’s Kigali international peace marathon. Net photo.
Rwanda's 10000m record champion Disi Dieudonné. The now retired athlete was one of those sacked after reportedly swindling funds meant for last year’s Kigali international peace marathon. Net photo.

The International Associations of Athletics federation has refused to give away on what will happen to the national Athletics Federation (RAF) if the on-going crisis does not end.

For a few months now, two parallel bodies have been in charge of the body since the resignation of the body’s former president Gerald Ntare.

The saga started when funds meant for last year’s Kigali International Peace Marathon were allegedly swindled culminating in the sacking of the body’s 2nd Vice President Disi Dieudonne, Secretary General Constatin Twajamahoro and treasurer Nadine Muterinkindi.

A temporary committee headed by Alexander Kayitsinga was then instated by the Ministry of Sports and Culture and the National Olympic Committee to run the federation’s affairs until a new committee was elected into office. wrangle

However, Louis Rurangirwa, the 1st Vice President under Ntare’s administration refused to acknowledge the committee and instead called for a General Assembly which elected him president.

The two factions have been at loggerheads since; each committee claiming to have full authority of the body’s affairs and full backing from the IAAF.

In a phone interview with Jee Islam, the IAAF Senior Manager for Athletics Federations, he said that IAAF is closely following the situation but refused to divulge into what will happen if the two warring parties don’t reach an agreement.

“We are aware that Gerald resigned and we are following the matter. We shall reveal the position of the IAAF soon,” Islam said reluctantly.

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