After being overlooked for his exploits by the Kenya Police Service, three time World Half Marathon champion Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor caught the eyes of journalists and was feted for bringing honour to the country.
The athlete who also doubles up as a track star was a recipient of the StarTmes/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Sports Personality of the month award.
Kamworor was recognized for his exploits in long distance running and specifically the 2018 World Half Marathon championships in Valencia, Spain where he successfully defended his title for the third consecutive time.
A panel of Sports journalists settled on the 25-year-old as the month of March, 2018, Sports Personality in favour of four times Africa Rally Championships (ARC) champion motorsports ace Carl Tundo who sealed his fifth Safari Rally title.
Kamworor becomes the ninth recipient of the award given in partnership between the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya and pay tv company StarTimes.
Kamworor who is managed by Global Sports Communication based in Kaptagat Uasin Gishu County received a 42-inch digital television set and KSh100, 000 courtesy of StarTimes.
“I want to thank journalists for recognising me with this award and Kenyans who have supported me all these years but I am unhappy that my employer has never seen anything good in me,” also the 2017 New York City Marathon champion.
Despite winning the World Cross Country Championships and World Half Marathon Championships titles thrice, and the World Championships’ 10,000 metres silver once, Kamworor, nicknamed “Man of all Surfaces” for his prowess in the track, cross country and road running competitions, is disappointed that his employer, the National Police Service, is yet to recognize and appreciate him for the honour he has brought to the country and Police force.
Kamworor complained that he has competed for the National Police Service for many years but has never promoted him despite his achievements.
“My Kenya Police colleagues have been promoted several times yet I have achieved more than them. It’s not about the money, but a pat on back in recognition of someone’s effort,” said Kamworor.
“The monthly award is a modest token to show that efforts by our athletes do not go unnoticed which will motivate other up and coming sportsmen and women to excel in their respective fields,” said SJAK President Chris Mbaisi.