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Kenya’s Paul Tergat lands new role ahead of Olympics in Japan

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The President of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya Paul Tergat. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

The President of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) Paul Tergat has landed a role ahead of the much-anticipated Olympics Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Tergat was appointed by the IOC president Thomas Bach as a Member of the IOC Tokyo Games Disciplinary Commission on Wednesday.

The Disciplinary Commission handles all cases of alleged violations to the Olympic Charter or of any decision or applicable regulation issued by the IOC or any IF or NOC (including without limitation the Playbooks, the IOC Anti-Doping rules), which may occur during the Summer Games in Tokyo.

This, however, does not include infringements of the anti-doping rules and the IOC Code of Ethics.

The former Olympian and long-distance runner was also re-elected as a Member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for another 8-year term.

Tergat was first elected as a Member of the coveted international sports body in 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

He vowed to do his best to achieve the desired goals and objectives of the Disciplinary Committee during the global showpiece in Tokyo.

“I give my assurance of willingness and readiness to discharge the assigned responsibility with diligence, integrity, without fear or favour for the benefit of the desired goals and objectives of the Disciplinary Committee.

“It is a great honour for me, but most importantly, for my country Kenya, represented here by our gallant Team Kenya,” said the 52-year-old legend.

In this Wednesday, July 9, 2014 file photo, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach speaks during a press conference after an executive board meeting at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. [AP Photo/Keystone, Jean-Christophe Bott, File]

Tergat sits with legendary Kipchoge Keino, a Honorary Member of IOC and his immediate predecessor at the helm of the National Olympic Committee-Kenya (NOC-K).

Tergat became the first Kenyan man to set the world record in the marathon in 2003, with a time of 2:04:55, and is regarded as one of the most accomplished long-distance runners of all time.

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