Safaricom has today announced KES 500,000 sponsorship for the 2022 Sports Personality of the Year Awards (SOYA).
This year’s event marks the 19th edition of SOYA since its inception in 2004 by Kenya’s athletics great, Paul Tergat. The 2022 gala will be held at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi on January 20, 2023. Previous galas were held in Kakamega, Naivasha and Mombasa.
“For the past 19 years, we have been part of the SOYA journey, which supports and recognises the achievements of our country’s sportsmen and women. Today, I am pleased that the platform has grown and expanded to include more categories. At Safaricom, we are keen on supporting and uplifting talent through sports,” said Peter Ndegwa, CEO, Safaricom PLC.
This year’s SOYA has 9 categories including the school contest, which makes a return after a two-year hiatus due to covid restrictions that hampered school games.
Tennis star Angella Okutoyi is among the top nominees for the 2022 SOYA Sportswoman of the Year Award with others being Faith Kipyegon, Mary Moraa, Beatrice Chebet, Sharon Chepchumba, Naomi Wafula, Peres Jepchirchir and Janet Okello.
Budding basketball player Medina Okot, athletes Faith Cherotich, Betty Chelang’at and Jackline Chepkoech, boxer Jane Wangare and weight-lifter Rachel Achieng are the top contenders in the Most Promising Girl category.
Coach of the year nominees include: Dennis Mwanja (Rugby- Kenya Lionesses), Gibson Weru (Rugby – Menengai Oilers), David Waore (Para – Weight lifter) Japheth Munala (Volleyball – KCB), Sammy Kiki (Basketball – KPA Men’s team) and Anthony Ojukwu (Basketball – KPA Women’s team).
For the Sportswoman of the Year Living with a Disability award the nominees include: Nancy Chelangat, Hellen Wawira, Beryl Wamira, Linnet Nanjala and Serah Wangari.