Next year's Sportsman Of the Year Awards (SOYA) will be staged early next year, this time hoping no interruptions disrupt the proceedings. Set for January 23rd, the 2008 awards will be awash with the best of 2008 which was by many sports enthusiasts, one of the best seasons for Kenyan sport.
Not just for the traditional athletics, but also rugby, swimming and football. The different interested parties in the sporting arena also raised their tempo with major corporates adding more beef to the stew. The Government's support has been there for all to see but this can be improved and spread to non-traditional sports.
Next year will be another season that Kenyan sports practitioners will need to raise their game as the 2010 World Cup approaches. Kenya will also host a major athletic meet in the early months of 2010 thus the need for proper investment towards the same.
Foundations will be set for 2010 Commonwealth Games and the 2012 Olympics.
The SOYA present a momentous occasion when we celebrate Kenyan sports and sports personalities. This time, the guest of honour is expected to be the Maputo Express -Mozambiquan Maria Mutola- former 800m world and African champion and also the first lady to be given such an honour to grace the occasion. Much work done by FineTouch Communications-Paul Tergat's brainchild and Safaricom which has continued to support the awards for the last 5 years.
This year's panellists include sports journalists led by James Wokabi-98.4 Capital FM sports editor and Adam magazine contributor, Finny Muyeshi of The Athlete magazine, Torome Tirike-Royal Media & Citizen sports editor to name but a few.
For more details, check here and vote here.