Kenya’s sensational sprinter and Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala has joined the National Police Service (NPS).
The 25-year-old athlete a second-year Bachelor of Science student at the University of Nairobi rose to stardom in Lagos Nigeria where he clocked 10.01 seconds on 30th March 2021 at an athletic event dubbed the ‘Making of Champions (MOC) Grand Prix’ where he met the qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The rugby-player-turned-sprinter warmed up hearts of Kenyans by clocking an impressive African best time of 9.77 seconds breaking the 9.85s record that had been set by Akuni Sembine from South Africa at the Kip-Keino Classics that was held at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani in September.
Omanyala was briefed on his new role this morning when he called on the Inspector General, Mr. Hilary Mutyambai at his Jogoo house office.
The Kenya National Record holder joins a pool of other elite athletes in the National Police Service including the likes of David Rudisha, Joshua Kamworor, Vivian Cheruiyot, Julius Yego, and the legendary Ezekiel Kemboi etc.
Speaking at the brief ceremony, Omanyala thanked the National Police Service and the Government for supporting talent and he promised to repay this kindness with success in the track events.
‘It is an honor to serve the National Police Service and I promise to give my best as an athlete,” he added, ‘I also understand that there is life after sprinting.”
The IG urged Omanyala to maintain his sporting discipline for him to utilize his full potential and at the same time deliver on his new role as a police athlete.