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No SOYA as top sportsmen to meet in Naivasha symposium

Top Kenyan sports personalities will converge to Naivasha this Saturday for a one-day sports symposium.

The event will mark the 17th edition of Sports of the Year Personality of the Year Awards (SOYA)  where no sports t0ook place last year due Covid-19.

SOYA founder Paul Tergat said the event themed ‘Overcoming Diversity in Sports’ is geared towards engaging sports people on various topics such as mental health, media relations, anti-doping among others.

“We are living in extraordinary times; the pandemic has really changed our way of things. We chose our theme ‘Overcoming Diversity in Sports’ since we have to deliberate on what we are doing. We celebrate the power of sports to propel us through a difficult situation and provide an inspiration to overcome human challenges,” said Tergat.

While exemplary athletes will not be feted like in the previous editions, SOYA panel chairman Chris Mbaisi said a few outstanding sports people who embraced innovation amidst the pandemic will be recognized.

“We will not fete outstanding athletes like in the previous years since it will be unfair while others competed some were not lucky to have competitions. We will therefore go for those who were outstanding not necessarily in terms of winning competitions,” he said.

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