Ferdinand Omanyala Cuts Ties with Law Firm that Represented Him in Doping Case
- Snolegal issued a statement on Wednesday, September 29, explaining why they stopped representing Ferdinand Omanyala
- In the press release, the law firm said that engagements with the sprinter were terminated on September 7, 2021
- The firm had successfully worked on correcting false or defamatory narratives in the media about Omanyala's past Anti-Doping Rule Violation
- Omanyala was suspended for 14 months by the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (Adak) after he tested positive for a banned substance on September 17, 2018
African 100m record holder Ferdinand Omanyala has been dealt another blow after losing yet another partnership.
This is after Snolegal law firm that handled his doping case announced that it had terminated its contract with the athlete.
The firm issued a statement on Wednesday, September 29, explaining why they stopped representing Omanyala.
In the press release, the law firm said engagements with the sprinter were terminated on September 7, 2021, upon reaching a unilateral decision.
"Snolegal Sports & Entertainment Law provided him with Legal, Reputation Management, Intellectual Property Management, PR and Communications services up until September 7, 2021 when we made a unilateral decision to cease representing him and we have not been involved in his decision-making since then," the statement read.
Omanyala's case on doping
The firm had successfully worked on correcting false or defamatory narratives in the media about the sprinter's past Anti-Doping Rule Violation, in the high-level lobbying which led to his admission into the Olympics team.
According to the firm's Principal Counsel, Sarah Ochwanda, the company played a role in setting Omanyala's initial communications and PR channels.
Ochwanda stated that the firm also moderated and negotiated for fair and meaningful sponsorship for the sprinter.
Snolegal also carried out brainstorming, created and set up Omanyala's corporate entity and structured his intellectual property in his new brand.
Ochwanda said her firm understood their assignment and carried it through with the honour and respect deserving of any of their great athletes.
“However, we also understand when it’s time to leave in order to allow our former client the space to grow and take charge of his own destiny,” said Ochwanda, adding that they will continue to celebrate Omanyala’s progress and successes and will always take pride in the strides he makes for himself and for Kenyan sprints.
Omanyala had been banned for 14 months by the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (Adak) after he tested positive for a banned substance on September 17, 2018.
DBA Africa terminates Omanyala's contract
In other news, sports management company, DBA Africa on Monday, September 27, announced they had terminated their contract with Africa’s fastest man Omanyala.
The company released a statement confirming they had parted ways with the Kenyan sprinter with immediate effect.
Reasons for parting ways between the two companies remain speculative, although some reports claimed there was a breakdown of communication in the build-up to the contract termination.
"We are proud to have played a huge role in enabling him to compete around the continent resulting in attaining four qualifying times for the Tokyo Olympic Games and achieving many national records and personal best,” read part of the statement sent to newsrooms.