Safaricom boosts SOYA sponsorship
01 October 2013, 15:20
Nairobi - Leading integrated communications services provider, Safaricom, has announced a KES 12 million (US$140 000) investment for this year’s title sponsorship for the annual Sportsman of the Year Awards (SOYA).
Safaricom’s Marketing Director, Rita Okuthe, said on the 10th anniversary of these awards, the company intended to raise the profile of this calendar event.
“The news of the breaking of the world’s coverage of the performance of the Berlin Marathon over the weekend was very welcome coming after a gloomy week. Such is the positive impact that sportsmen and women have had and Safaricom is proud to play a role in appreciating and encouraging them,” she added.
SOYA Founder and Chairman, Paul Tergat, thanked Safaricom for supporting sports development over the years. The company has invested in the ongoing Safaricom Athletics Series, the recently concluded Safaricom Rugby Series, and has continued sponsoring various sporting properties and supporting national teams thereby attesting to the commitment towards sports.
“With Safaricom’s support, the event has become the premier sports awards event and besides the glamour, our top athletes get to be appreciated at home for the work they put into their various disciplines and I am very proud of that,” said Tergat.
Scheduled for December 6, the SOYA will also coincide with Kenya celebrating its 50th anniversary since gaining independence.
All past winners are expected to grace the event. Past SOYA winners include Olympic Champion and world record holder David Rudisha who was crowned last year’s overall winner as well as Richard Matelong, Vivian Cheruiyot, Nancy Langat, Ulinzi and Gor Mahia Football Clubs.
– CAJ News