NAIROBI, Kenya, September 30 – Sports Personality of the Year (SOYA) patron Paul Tergat says this year’s edition will provide the stiffest competition for honours since its inception.Tergat said on Wednesday that the performance by both national teams and individual sportsmen and women have stood out and that the SOYA panel will have their work cut out when choosing the various winners.
“We have had great performances by Kenya at the International Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens circuit, the IAAF World Athletics Championships and the World Cross Country Championships,” said Tergat.
The theme for this year will be ‘Conserving the Environment through Sports’.
“This is a crucial matter in our country and globally as was seen during the ongoing UN General Assembly in which environmental matters dominated,” stated Tergat.
“As sports people, an excellent environment is key to our success and SOYA will seek to join this campaign to secure the fast fading global environment,” he added.
The former world marathon record holder was also excited at the new schools category.
“The schools have had a great season as witnessed during their national championship in Mombasa and later the regional one in Jinja where our schools were dominant,” said Tergat.
Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) secretary general John Ngugi thanked SOYA for choosing to honour school sports.
“The youth of this country are the future of sports and it is through the sports that they will continue to develop as all round people,” said Ngugi.
Member of the public can nominate their favourite sporting icons by picking up nomination forms at the offices of various sports federations countrywide.