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Ferdinand Omanyala reveals his contract with ADIDAS

The eight fastest man in history of 100m race, Ferdinand Omanyala Omurwa has revealed some of his contract details with German multinational corporation, Adidas.

 Omanyala stated that he had signed a three-year deal with a +1 clause. The one-year extension depends on his progress and form after the three years.

The sponsorship deal will cater for his travelling expenses and accommodation during national and international events.

The package deal also involves bonuses on every gold medal he clinches as well as records he breaks.

“(The contract) It’s good money, they will sponsor my travelling, knitting and bonuses for every win that I get. The money is a lot, it has surpassed millions.

“This year I’m seeking to break more records as opposed to last year,” he noted.

Omanyala is coached Marcel Viljoen from South Africa who is an accredited Athlete Representative by World Athletics (WA) and is the founder of Fitness From Africa which is based in South Africa and has over 25 years of coaching experience.

The 26 years-old is said that he is going for the 200m race, although he noted that a lot of technicalities come into play.

“There are technicalities that I am yet to learn, but I will try. I will run the 200m and 100m which will be the mega race,” said Omanyala.

In September last year, the Sports management company, DBA Africa, decided to terminate the contract with the Omanyala owing to different value sets represented by each faction.

“We are proud to have played a huge role in enabling him to compete around the continent resulting in attaining four qualifying times for the Tokyo Olympic Games and achieving many national records and personal best,” read part of the statement.

Two days later SNOLegal Sports & Entertainment Law announced their withdrawal of legal and advisory services offered to Omanyala.

The 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 Akani Simbine from South Africa at the Kip-Keino Classics that was held at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani in September.

Ferdinard Omanyala wins the LG Sports Personality Award for September

Africa’s fastest man, Ferdinand Omanyala has been named the LG Sport’s Personality for the month of September.

Omanyala achieved the feat following his stellar performance at the Kenyan round of the prestigious 2021 Kip Keino Classic where he smashed his own National Record and setting a new African Record of 9.77

Kenyan National 100m record holder finished second behind American Trayvon Bromell in a World Lead time of 9.76 while former Olympic and World Champion Justin Gatlin was third in 10.03.

“I have been nominated many times for this award and today I am happy to win it. It is always good to be appreciated back home for your exploits. I thank LG and SJAK for thinking about sports men and women, it means a lot because our efforts are recognized,” a happy Omanyala, who was accompanied by his wife Laventer Amutavi said.

He added, “I am training hard, working on perfecting my start because I will be going for the big boys next year. We have many events like the Commonwealth Games, World Championships, African Championships and I am certain I will post better times.”

In winning the coveted monthly award, Omanyala took home an LG SolarDOM Oven worth Ksh 65,000 which is a 3-in-1 oven that is used for heating, grilling and baking.

To win the September Award, Omanyala floored other top nominees including the late Agnes Tirop, Malkia Strikers captain Mercy Moim, Sharon Chepchumba, Gladys Ekaru and Noah Kibet.

Ferdinard Omanyala Lawyers terminate their Services

Africa’s 100m record holder Ferdinand Omanyala Omurwa legal firm, SNOLEGAL Sports & Entertainment Law firm has terminated their legal representation from the athlete.

Ina press statement, signed by Principal Counsel Sarah Ochwada, read that they felt it was necessary to release this statement in order to give clarity on the role we played for Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala.

“SNOLEGAL Sports & Entertainment Law provided him with Legal, Reputation Management, Intellectual Property Management, PR and Communications services up until 7th September, 2021 when we made a unilateral decision to cease representing him and we have not been involved in his decision-making since then,” read part of the statement.

It continued: “We commend our team for the tireless work they have done for Ferdinand which continues to bear fruit.”

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“We are particularly proud of our efforts in correcting false or defamatory narratives in the media about Ferdinand’s past Anti-Doping Rule Violation, in the high-level lobbying which led to Ferdinand’s admission into the Olympics team, in setting up his initial communications and PR channels, in mediating and negotiating for fair and meaningful sponsorship opportunities, for brain-storming, creating and setting up his new corporate entity, and for structuring his Intellectual Property in his new brand which we hope will provide him and his family consistent and sustainable income beyond his athletic career.”

“Our firm understood our assignment, and carried it through with the honor and respect deserving of any of our great athletes. However, we also understand when it’s time to leave in order to allow our former client the space to grow and take charge of his own destiny.”

“We continue to celebrate Ferdinand’s progress and successes and will always take pride in the strides he makes for himself and for the larger Kenyan sprints community.”

Ferdinard Omanyala targets Usain Bolt world record

Africa fastest man in 100m Ferdinand Omanyala Omurwa has hinted that in one year’s time he will be targeting to lower Usain Bolt world record over the distance.

Omanyala broke the African record that had been set in July this year of 9:84 by South African Akani Simbine when he set a new record of 9.77 at the second edition of the Kip Keino Classic last Saturday (18) at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani.

While Speaking on Citizen TV with Jeff Koinange, Omanyala said that the record will not take him a year to break as his trends has been on gradual growth.

“The difference in time with bolts record time with what I ran at Kip is 0.19 now if you do the math am capable of running 9.56.” Omanyala said.

The 25- year-old also narrated how he wrote to be included in the Diamond League race but his request was turned down by one of the directors.

“There was a time I applied to run in the Diamond League but the email reply from one of the directors said they could not take me as he could not believe a Kenyan would run that fast”

The eighth fastest man on the planet is taking a three weeks rest before he begins his training for the busy new track season in March next year.

Edward Zakayo is back as Kenya lines up its best at the Kip Keino Classic

Kenya will be lining up the best field ever at the second edition of Kip Keino Classic, the World Athletics Continental Tour set for Saturday (18) at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani.

Two time Olympic 1,500m champion Faith Kipyegon leads Kenyan list that has world Under-20 1,500m champion Purity Chepkirui, Continental Cup 1,500m champion Winnie Chebet, former World 5,000m silver medallist Mercy Cherono and The 2017 World Athletics Under-18 Championships 1,500m bronze medallist, Edinah Jebitok.

The Kenyans will be battling for the title against former world indoor 1,500m silver medallist Axumawit Embaye, African Games 800m champion Hirut Meshesha, Gela Hambese, Uganda’s Winnie Nanyondo.

In the men’s field, reigning world under-20 champion Vincent Keter, Abel Kipsang alongside Olympic silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot.

Former world under 20 5,000m champion Edward Zakayo, who is back after a long time and he will be battling with former Africa junior champion Nicholas Kimeli and Jacob Krop for the honors in 5,000m.

After setting 10km world record, two time World 10,000m bronze medallist Agnes Tirop will have a date with former World Cross Country bronze medallist Lilian Kasait, and world 5,000m silver medallist Margaret Chelimo will be in women’s 5,000m as well as world under-20 3,000m champion Teresiah Muthoni gateri and Eva Cherono

Fresh from winning an Olympic Games 3,000m steeplechase title in Tokyo, Moroccan Soufiane El Bakkali El Bakkali will be taking on Tokyo Olympics Games 3,000m bronze medallist Benjamin Kigen, world under-20 champion Amos Serem, Commonwealth Games silver medallist Abraham Kibiwott and 2016 world under-20 champion Amos Kirui as well as Ethiopia Chala Beyo, Samuel Firewu and Abraham Sime.

In women steeplechase race, Olympic champion and Ugandan Peruth Chemutai will lead the contingent that has two-time world under-20 3,000m steeplechase champion Celliphine Chespol, and 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Purity Kirui, world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech and Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Hyvin Kiyeng.

National 100m record holder Ferdinand Omanyala Omurwa will be up against two time world 100m champion Justin Gatlin in the 100m title chase.

World under 18 400m silver medalist Mary Moraa will take on world 800m champion Halimah Nakaayi from Uganda in the women’s 800m.

Olympic 800m silver medalist Ferguson Rotich will run alongside Cornelius Tuwei and Collins Kipruto.

Ferdinand Omanyala impresses in big boys club as he debuts in Brussels

Kenya’s National 100m champion Ferdinand Omanyala Omurwa tested the big boys’ league as he made his debut at the Brussels Diamond League meeting that was held on Friday Night (3) at the Allianz Memorial Van Damme in the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, Belgium.

Omanyala, who failed to advance to the Tokyo Olympics final, made history as the first Kenyan to reach the semis.

The 25 years-old enjoys the National Record that he set twice in 9.86 during the final race at the International Josko Lauf Meeting at Pramtal Stadium, Andorra, Austria.

Ferdinand Omanyala poses after dipping the sub 10 at theat the International Josko Lauf Meeting at Pramtal Stadium, Andorra, Austria. Photo Ferdinard Omanyala

Omanyala finished in fourth place in 10.02 seconds with the race won by American Fred Kerley who pulled 9.94 seconds. Kerley led a podium sweep with Trayvon Bromell coming in second in 9.97 and Michael Norman closing the first three podium finishes in 9.98.