KTB Treats Star Sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala With Holiday In Kenya 

Kenyan sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala and his wife Laventa Amutavi (left) at the Wilson Airport, Nairobi shortly before embarking on the three-day holiday trip to the Maasai Mara courtesy of the Kenya Tourism Board. PHOTO/ KTB

NAIROBI, Kenya- The Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) has sent Kenyan star sprinter on a three-day holiday at the famed Maasai Mara. 

Omanyala, who is Africa’s 100m record holder, and the ninth-fastest man of all time, will spend his Christmas holiday off the track as he rejuvenates after a tough training season. 

Speaking on the holiday extended to Omanyala, KTB Ag. CEO John Chirchir congratulated and thanked Omanyala for his global exploits which have propelled Kenya in the field of short distance running.  

“Ferdinand Omanyala is one of several Kenyan athletes who have been remarkably successful in the track and field arena while at the same time flying the Kenyan flag high. From being Africa’s fastest man in the 100m race to winning Kenya’s first gold medal at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games besides registering wins in other competitions, there’s a lot to celebrate, and we hope his holiday will be an opportunity for him to unwind and even plan for further success,” Chirchir stated.  

Kenyan sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala at the Wilson Airport, Nairobi shortly before he embarked on a three-day holiday trip to the Maasai Mara courtesy of the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB). PHOTO/ KTB

He emphasized that the board would continue to leverage sport to market Kenya’s position as a preferred tourism destination: “This holiday gesture is our way of rewarding our sports stars and amplifying the country’s destination appeal generated by their athletic achievements. Their exploits continue to give Kenya a positive and competitive exposure in the global sphere.” 

The KTB boss added that a jam-packed sporting calendar provides an opportunity for the country to market itself to a global audience. 

“Next year, there will be several sporting activities with the Paris Olympics slated for July 2024 standing out as one of the biggest events on the sporting calendar. We want to leverage on this and rally behind our athletes to ensure that they give their best as they are great ambassadors of our country, projecting Kenya’s brand in the eyes of millions of people around the world,” he added.  

Other sporting events in the first quarter of the 2024 calendar include the Magical Kenya Ladies Open to be held in Vipingo in early February and the Magical Kenya Open, part of the DP tour to be held at the Muthaiga Golf Club in March 2024.  

Kenyan sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala poses for a photo with KTB Head of Public Relations and Corporate Communications, Wausi Walya (left) at the Wilson Airport, Nairobi. PHOTO/ KTB

Omanyala holds the record as Africa’s fastest man having clocked 9.77 seconds at the Absa Kip Keino Classic in 2021, part of the World Athletics Continental Tour. 

Previously, KTB has engaged influential sports personalities, including double Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge, to propel the country’s tourism efforts both locally and internationally.   

KTB has also been extending special holiday treats to outstanding athletes in various sporting fields and will continue to extend this exposure as part of exposing them to the varied tourism experiences Kenya has to offer. Kenyan athletes have over the years carried the country flag high across many global sporting events.  

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