Thursday, August 30, 2012

2012 SOYA Awards slated for December

Benjamin Limo receiving the Sportsman of the Year Award from Former Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph

The ninth edition of the Sports Personality of the Year Awards (SOYA) was unveiled on Wednesday afternoon at the Safaricom’s Michael Joseph Centre. The awards will be held in December in Nairobi.
Speaking during the launch, founder and SOYA’s incumbent chairman Paul Tergat reacted to the dismal performance posted by Kenyan athletes at the London Games and urged Kenyans to be patient and wait for report on the undergoing national probe.
According to Tergat, this year’s awards will not be dominated by athletics, opening the awards to other disciplines and federations.
The 2012 SOYA Awards’ theme is ‘Blazing a Generation and Securing Peace’ which will recognize the vital role played by the youth in developing and championing the sports cause and national healing through peace.
Safaricom handed over a Sh7 million sponsorship cheque to boost the event, which recently received Sh3 million from the National Bank of Kenya (NBK).
The public can send nominations for their preferred candidates online via or wait for the SMS lines to be open after 2 weeks to vote.

About SOYA Awards
Established in 2004 by World Cross Country Legend Paul Tergat, the annual national awards recognize and reward sports personalities, teams, and organizations in Kenya.  

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