Africa's Fastest Man Gives Interesting Account on How Visa Was Delayed Ahead of Championships

Africa's Fastest Man Gives Interesting Account on How Visa Was Delayed Ahead of Championships

Rene Otinga
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:07 PM
  • Omanyala has come out to refute claims the Kenyan government is to blame for his Visa debacle
  • Africa’s fastest man nearly missed out on the World Athletics Championships Oregon due to delays in his Visa
  • Despite the logistical challenges, he made it through the heats but could only manage fifth place in the semi-finals

In a fresh statement, Omanyala said the Ministry of Sports actually helped him with his Visa plight

Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala has come out to strongly defend the government against claims it is to blame for his Visa debacle.

The sprinter risked missing out on the Championships altogether following a delay in the processing of his Visa last week.

Omanyala finally got his Visa at the eleventh hour, and somehow made it to Oregon, United states, three hours before he was scheduled to compete in the heats.

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Ferdinand Omanyala says the government is not to blame for his Visa issues. Photo: Getty.
Source: UGC

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Unfortunately, despite a commendable effort in the heats, Omanyala could only manage a fifth place finish in the semis on Sunday, July 17, thereby bowing out of the championships.

Who is to blame?

Since then, there has been a heated debate, particularly among Kenyans, on who should take the blame for the unfortunate developments.

A large chunk of Kenyans felt the government should have gone out of its way to secure Omanyala’s travel, but the sprinter has now revealed that it is in fact, because of the ministry of Sport that he was able to travel to Oregon.

“Like I said, there is no one to blame for my Visa delay,” he said in a statement.
We all as athletes went for Visa interviews at the embassy. After that, I was sent supplementary questions that needed clarification. But on Thursday, a day before my race, my Visa was not out. It was through government intervention by the Ministry of Sports and Athletics Kenya that I got my Visa. In fact, the Ministry of Sport through CS Amb. Amina Mohammed were instrumental in my Visa being granted once the issue was raised.”

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and