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Nike under scrutiny over stolen payments for Kenya's runners

Athletics federation's ex-employee provides proof of bribe disguised as "commitment bonus" and misappropriated

Analysts say Nike can't afford to lose the Kenyans. Running is integral to the brand - Nike's founders made some of their first running shoe treads on waffle irons. And Kenyans are integral to running.


WHEN a Chinese clothing company swooped in and offered to sponsor Kenya's famed runners, Nike panicked, Kenyan officials say.

"Can we talk about the situation?" a Nike executive wrote to a Kenyan official on hearing the news that the Kenyans wanted to end their deal with...

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