Omanyala asks government to give more recognition to sports legends

ATHLETICS Omanyala asks government to give more recognition to sports legends

Abigael Wafula 06:04 - 18.02.2023

Omanyala arrived from his France indoor tour where he marked remarkable results to kick-off his season.

Africa 100m champion Ferdinand Omanyala has pleaded with the Ministry of Sports, Culture, and Heritage to give more recognition to the legends in sports.

Speaking at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, he noted that it would be a good move if the legends are remembered for their great work in years to come.

“We have so many unsung heroes and I would like the ministry to come on board and initiate something like a hall of fame so that people born in years to come might know the history of sports in the country,” Omanyala said.

The Commonwealth Games 100m champion revealed that it irks him to see some of the great sports personalities lack basic needs. 

He revealed that while in his World Athletics meet at Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais in Lievin, he was inspired by how the athletes there are appreciated.

Omanyala also requested the ministry to put up tartan tracks in Mombasa and Kisumu to ease the training of sprinters in the country.

He narrated how much of a hustle it is to train for a short period of time before major events like the Olympics and the World Championships.

“This will enable us to train in our off-season so that we are ready when the season kicks off. We go to Europe for training camps but it is not that often.

I would really want to train in Mombasa or Kisumu in readiness for next year’s Paris Olympic Games,” he said.

Omanyala also urged Sports Kenya to put up a new track at the warm-up area at the Moi Stadium in Kasarani, noting that the current one is worn out and not good for sprints training.

“The warm-up track is in poor condition and is exposing us to injuries. Its surface is not conducive for training,” he said.

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