A hotel attendant (a Qatari national) who did not not want his name
disclosed told Bandao Broadcasting Media Corporation that three men
asked him about Yego’s whereabouts including the room he had checked in.
After refusing to show him, they had to disclose to him that they had
been sent by the government to convince the recently concluded IAAF
World Championships gold medalist to accept the Qatai citizenship and
play for them. They only confined to him after realizing that he was one
of their own. They even disclosed the amount they wanted to offer Yego
telling him that when Yego becomes Qatari and wins gold for Qatar, he
too will be proud as a Qatari.
It is then that the man decided to direct them to Yego’s room
although Yego turned down the offer saying he was proud being Kenyan.
After Yego declined, they told him to go and think about it and should
he change his mind, call the number that they wrote down for him. When
POLITICA contacted the Chinese Ambassador Zhou Yuxiao, he denied the
allegations saying he has not heard anything like that.
The Qatari government is known for its tendency of poaching talented
sportsmen and women from their native countries by hoodwinking the with
fortunes. They once tried to buy former Harambee Striker Dennis Oliech
by offering him Ksh200 million but the striker turned down the offer.