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UPESI NEWS SPORTS,NAIROBI,19TH JAN,2017-The Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year Awards (SOYA) is been held this evening in Nairobi upon which outstanding talents of Kenya’s sports personalities will be honored .
This year’s event which enters its thirteenth edition will be graced by Ethiopia’s Athletic Federation boss Haile Gebrselassie who is also a retired athlete.
The country’s successful sports awards was first initiated by former world marathon record holder Paul Tergat in the year 2004.However the intervention of the title sponsors Safaricom has seen the event’s status and sponsorship bulge in every edition.
The nominees for the 2016 Sports man and woman of the year awards includes David Rudisha, Conseslus Kipruto, Eliud Kipchoge, Collins Injera among others while women’s lists will see Vivian Cheruiyot and Jemimah Sumgong going for the top honor.
This year, the overall winner will receive sh1million up from the Sh150,000.