Athletics will dominate tonight’s 2017 Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year (SOYA) award fete.
At individual’s category, in the season’s finest stars, an athlete is represented but all sporting disciplines have been included starting from athletics, football, volleyball, rugby, among others that will be presented with trophies in a night of rewarding best of the best.
Hellen Obiri, the IAAF World Championships gold medalists leads the women side as she chases overall title in women at a gala dinner tonight from 7pm at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre. She will face off with Snaida Aura (Rugby), Edith Wisa (Volleyball), Faith Chepng’etich (Athletics) and Edna Kiplagat (Athletics).
Darwin Mukidza from rugby leads the men’s sports man of the year and face off with Elijah Manangoi (Athletics), Geoffrey Kirui (athletics) and World Championships 3000m steeplechase winner Conseslus Kipruto and Eliud Kipchoge (athletics).
Aman Gandhi leads the most promising boy category (Cricket), and will face off with Vincent Oburu (football), Abhishek Chidambaran (Cricket), Leonard Bett (athletics) and Sheila Kotecha (Tennis).in girls category, world under 18 800m champion Jackline Wambiu leads the road with Mary Moraa (athletics), Angela Okutoyi (Tennis), Vanessa Adhiambo (cricket) and caren Chebet (athletics).
After winning Kenya Cup title, Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) rugby team coach Curtis Olago leads the coach of the year category with Jimmy Kamande (cricket), Jos Openda (Hockey), Edward Manoah (Football) and Kevin Wambua (rugby).
Double Paralympic champion Simon Muchai will be yearning for the Sportsman Living with Disability alongside John Koech (Deaflympics), Lucas wanjiru (Deaflympics), Simon Cherono (Deaflympics) and Daniel Kiptum (deaflympics), in the Sportswoman living with Disability Nelly Sile (Paralympics) leads the park together with Purity Mueni (volleyball), Beryl Wamira (deaflympics), Hannah Wakonyo (deaflympics) and Jane Ndenga (tennis).
Other categories includes team of the year as Kenya Premier League champions Gor Mahia are front runners and will face off with KCB (rugby), Cricket under-19, Kenya Police (hockey) and Vihiga united (football). On the women side, Malkia Strikers (volleyball) will be up against Telkom (hockey), cricket national team, Kenya Lionesses (rugby) and Harambee Starlets U20 (football).