Matatu culture is part of living in Nairobi City and the transport means used by all. Soccer fans use their own cars, buses and matatus for traveling to away matches.
Fifa claims first with formation of human rights panel
Fifa on Friday established an independent advisory body dedicated to the subject of human rights, a move that world football's governing body claims is a first for sports federations.
Facebook expands Univision Deportes ties with MLS streaming deal
Social media platform Facebook has struck its latest significant sports rights deal through an agreement with Major League Soccer and US pay-television broadcaster Univision Deportes.
Dodgers co-owner leads investment round in DraftKings
Daily fantasy sports (DFS) operator DraftKings has raised over $100m (€94.1m) in a new Series E1 investment round led by Eldridge Industries, whose chairman and chief executive, Todd Boehly, partly owns Major League Baseball franchise the Los Angeles Dodgers. Although DraftKings did not disclose the amount generated in the recent round, the approximate figure was published by Bloomberg, citing people close to the deal.
Berlin to stage Formula E double-header after Brussels event cancelled
The Formula E electric car-racing series will hold a double-header event in Berlin in June after Brussels was forced to forgo its hosting rights to an ePrix in July. The Belgian capital had been due to stage its first-ever Formula E event on July 1 but the lack of a suitable venue has led to the cancellation of the race.
Trump will make concessions to travel ban, claims LA 2024 chief
Los Angeles 2024 bid chiefs have said US President Donald Trump will make changes to his travel ban should the city win the right to stage the summer Olympics, and have added that their sole focus is on the 2024 Games amid speculation the International Olympic Committee (IOC) could seek to award hosting rights to two events in September.
HSBC expands portfolio with Rugby Canada deal
Banking group HSBC has secured a partnership with Rugby Canada, the national governing body for rugby union.
French prosecutors widen IAAF World Championships probe
French prosecutors who are investigating allegations of wrongdoing in relation to the award of the 2021 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships to Eugene in the US are also looking into the award of other hosting rights, a source close to the probe has told the Reuters news agency.
Rugby Europe steps up campaign for Six Nations reform
The Rugby Europe governing body has stepped up its campaign for a revamp of the Six Nations by submitting a formal request to open up the tournament to other countries. Rugby Europe has said it will submit the proposal to the 6 Nations Limited company amid a concerted campaign for teams such as Georgia and Romania to be granted an expansion slot.
Serie A clubs present new stadium plans
Fiorentina has unveiled plans for a new 40,000-capacity stadium, while fellow Italian Serie A football club Cagliari has announced that work on its new ground will begin within a month. Work on Fiorentina’s new facility is expected to begin in 2019 and the club hopes to move in by 2021.
Kia extends LPGA partnership
Korean automotive manufacturer Kia has renewed its partnership with the Ladies Professional Golf Association.
Caf hits out as Lagardère Sports dispute rumbles on
The Confederation of African Football has further criticised Egyptian authorities in a dispute surrounding its contract with the Lagardère Sports agency, stating recent developments set a “deeply worrying precedent” for the African sports business industry as a whole.
World Karate Federation launches online streaming platform
The World Karate Federation has launched a new online streaming platform that will allow fans to watch live coverage of leading events.
CGF seeking new destination for 2022 Commonwealth Games
The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is seeking a new host for the 2022 Commonwealth Games after hosting rights to the multi-sport event were removed from Durban on Monday.
Super Rugby set to cut two franchises
Super Rugby, the top club rugby union competition in the southern hemisphere, is set to be reduced from 18 teams to 16 teams next season.
King sells majority stake in expanding World TeamTennis
Tennis legend Billie Jean King has opted to sell her majority stake in World TeamTennis (WTT) to franchise owners Mark Ein and Fred Luddy, who plan to expand the mixed gender team league.
ICC chairman quits ahead of key reform meeting
Shashank Manohar on Wednesday made the surprise move of announcing his resignation as chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC), amid ongoing efforts to instigate reform in the global game.
IOC upbeat on Pyeongchang 2018 progress, engages Publicis for promotional brief
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has promised a "unique experience" at the 2018 winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, while French advertising and public relations company Publicis has landed a global promotional contract for next year's event in Pyeongchang.
Erzurum lining up 2026 Olympics bid, Milan targets 2028 Games
The Turkish city of Erzurum is preparing a bid for the 2026 winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, while Milan is said to be considering returning Italy to the bidding table for the summer Games for its 2028 edition.
World Rugby hails new global calendar agreement
World Rugby has reached an agreement over a new global rugby union calendar, with Bill Beaumont, chairman of the sport's global governing body, stating the deal will deliver "certainty and sustainability".
IOC to assess double Olympic Games selection, launches major gender equality project
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has formed a working group to assess changes to the candidature process for the Olympic Games that could see both Los Angeles and Paris achieve success in September, while it has also unveiled details of a major gender equality project for the global sporting movement.
Asian Tour to return to China following 'game changing' CGA link-up
Golf's Asian Tour will travel to China for the first time in nine years after agreeing a strategic partnership with the China Golf Association (CGA).
He is from one of Kenya’s greatest football families. His massive talent has catapulted him to the top of the country’s goalkeeper charts. The Lillestrom netminder continues to scale greater heights and he says, he just got started.
His name is common music to Kenyan ears, thanks to his unmatched talent and skill. He takes honours for being one of the nation’s most disciplined footballers, both on and off the pitch. While he continues to rise, he has not escaped controversy. On several occasions, he has been criticized for declining to play for his country. The last time he was in goal for Kenya, Harambee Stars conceded a late controversial goal, that led to chaos at the Nyayo National stadium.
World Boxing Super Series set for September launch
The World Boxing Super Series, a new annual elimination tournament featuring some of the sport's top fighters and a $50m (€47m) prize fund, will launch in September.
Nascar adds second top-tier race in Las Vegas
North American stock car-racing series Nascar has added a second Las Vegas race to its calendar, with the US city now set to host two top-tier events from the 2018 season onwards.
Germany and Turkey to battle for Euro 2024
Uefa, football's European governing body, has confirmed that Germany and Turkey will be the only bidders for the Euro 2024 national team tournament.
SportAccord goes back to the future as reforms unveiled
SportAccord, the umbrella group of more than 90 Olympic and non-Olympic sports federations, has unveiled proposals for constitutional changes that could see it return to its former designation and introduce a new means of electing its president.
Adidas raises expectations after 'exceptional' year
Adidas has raised its long-term revenue projections through to 2020 after hailing an "exceptionally successful" 2016.
Bank of America backing boosts Vegas bid for Oakland Raiders
The efforts of NFL American football franchise the Oakland Raiders to relocate to Las Vegas have been boosted with the news that Bank of America has agreed to step in to fill a financial black hole that had been created in a project to develop a new stadium in the Nevada city.
Fredericks steps down from IOC and IAAF roles amid allegations
Frankie Fredericks has stepped down from senior roles within the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) after a newspaper report that he received almost $300,000 (€282,500) from disgraced marketing consultant Papa Massata Diack.
British Cycling recruits FA exec as new CEO
The British Cycling governing body has appointed Julie Harrington of the English Football Association (FA) as its new chief executive.
UFC claims first with Vegas arena deal
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has claimed an industry first with a multi-year agreement that names the mixed martial arts organisation as an anchor tenant of the T-Mobile Arena in the US city of Las Vegas.
Fifa outlines requirements for 2026 World Cup bidders
World football’s governing body Fifa on Thursday stated that the United States would have to permit entry to players, officials and fans from any country that qualified if it won the right to host the 2026 World Cup, while reports have detailed a potential rival joint bid for the tournament from Morocco, Spain and Portugal.
Rio 2016 rejects claims of corruption in Olympic bid process
Rio 2016 has maintained it ran a clean bid for the 2016 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games amid a report on Friday that corrupt payments could have influenced the decision to award the event to the Brazilian city in October 2009.
Argentine players maintain strike action ahead of return of domestic football
The Argentine Footballers' Union (FAA) maintained it stand on strike ahead of commencement of the league this weekend. Argentine players are protesting over unpaid salaries, as the Argentine Football Association (AFA) threatened sanctions in a bid to ensure the domestic game returns to action. Read More
Durban bid chief confident city will retain Commonwealth Games
Tubby Reddy, the chairman of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), has insisted that the city of Durban has "done enough" to retain hosting rights to the 2022 edition of the Commonwealth Games multi-sport event.
Barcelona seeks to create world's leading sports innovation centre
Spanish LaLiga football club Barcelona has unveiled plans to develop the world's leading centre for sporting innovation.
Velon and Infront put the hammer down with new cycling series
The Velon umbrella body of professional cycling teams and the Infront Sports & Media agency on Wednesday unveiled a new team-based series which will feature the world's leading squads.
Liverpool makes Commonwealth Games offer amid Durban concern
The English city of Liverpool has offered to bring forward its bid for the Commonwealth Games and stage the 2022 edition of the multi-sport event, amid serious concern over whether current host Durban will be able to fulfil its obligations.
Sports Minister raises further concerns over Durban's Commonwealth Games
South African Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has said that Durban may have to forfeit its hosting rights to the 2022 Commonwealth Games due to the high cost of staging the multi-sport event.
Liverpool hires EA chief as new CEO
English Premier League football club Liverpool has announced that Peter Moore will become its new chief executive.
Nordic nations shelve Euro 2024 bid plan in favour of new strategy
A collective of Nordic football associations has decided to drop plans to bid for Uefa Euro 2024 in favour of exploring efforts to land national team events in women's and youth football.
FIG to develop parkour-related discipline
The International Gymnastics Federation's (FIG) executive committee has committed to the development of a new discipline that is related to parkour.
The gambling industry is growing rapidly in Kenya. We could be competing with the West African nations. Since last year, the country has witnessed over 10 bookmakers join the industry with each contesting for a piece of the pie.
Giant bookies Sportpesa’s market share has certainly gone down with the entry of the new bookmakers and the industry looks lucrative.
We take a look at the list of the bookmakers in Kenya. In certainly no particular order.
BetPawa has been in operation in Kenya since January 2016. Interestingly, just as we have ranked them at the top, BetPawa has the lowest stake in Kenya. With just one shilling, you are good to go and can start betting. They offer one of the highest payout in Kenya of Ksh.2.5 million. Besides that, you will receive a free bet of Ksh.25 on sign up to get you off the ground. BetPawa does not not offer USSD betting. BetPawa has a 24-hour customer service, live betting, win bonuses and some pretty amazing odds too. They operate in 3 other countries.
They certainly have been in the game longer and are the dominant player. They have been in operation for two years now. Sportpesa has a wide array of sports and markets on its platform and offer instant payouts to its clients. The KPL, Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards, Quins and Hull City sponsors have a minimum bet of Ksh. 49. Sportpesa has some lucrative jackpots that include the Ksh. 100 million mega jackpot.
3. Betin Kenya
Betin Kenya is part of the GoldBet Group; one of Europe’s largest betting and gaming operators. They offer a wide array of sports including horse racing. You can also bet on Casino games, racing and virtual sports. Betin has live betting options too. They offer the highest payout of Ksh.10 million. Betin also offers betting shops where you buy tickets and bet.
4. BetWay Kenya
A household name in the gaming industry. They offer a variety of jackpots and markets for you to play on. With BetWay, you will receive game codes every often.
Betika is about a year old in Kenya. They have some amazing odds and a variety of sports. Betika offers a jackpot and a Bingwa 5 selection where you have to pick 5 correct scores for Ksh.50. They also offer a 24-hour support.
Mcheza is the second online bookie to set foot in Kenya. It’s platform has been compared to that of some other bookies in Kenya. They offer a jackpot daily for 7 matches. On Mcheza, you can get some pretty exciting bonuses for referrals and deposits.
7. Elibet Kenya
Elitebet has been in operation for a couple of years. They pride themselves in offering one of the lowest stakes in Kenya - Ksh.5. They offer a weekly jackpot, with a minimum stake of Ksh.5. However, their platform isnt so mobile-friendly.
Justbet has a variety of betting options and some good oods. However, their minimum stake is Ksh.100. The maximum you can withdraw a day is Ksh.100,000. They also offer virtual betting but no jackpot yet. Justbet has a 24-hour customer support.
Betyetu has a quite mobile-friendly mobile site. They offer a bonus on registration. They offer a jackpot of up to 10 million and will reward you for up to 9 out of 13 correct picks. The minimum withdrawal is Ksh.100. You can also bet live.
10. Eazi Bet
With Eazi Bet, you register fast and easy on mobile. You can bet on a host of matches, and also bet live. They offer betting in shops too. Their minimum deposit is Ksh.1 and Ksh.50 is the minimum withdrawal.
Lucky2U Sports Bet was launched during the FIFA World Cup 2010. Lucky2U Sports Bet is operated by Lucky To You Limited. They offer a variety of betting options though their website is quite poor.
12. Supabet 247
One of the latest entrants in the game. They have an array of betting products covering sports betting, casino, poker and bingo offerings. They also have a Ksh.20 million jackpot. The maximum pay-out is Kshs 200,000 on single bets and Kshs 2,000,000 on multi bets.
Another new player in the game. The minimum bet is Ksh. 50, as is the minimu withdrawal. They also offer some bonuses on sign up and you can bet via SMS.
14. Tucheze Afrobet
Tucheze boosts and hosts the most intelligent and advanced betting platform in the country. A new entrant in the market, Tucheze offers live betting and casino betting too with a maximum payout of up to Ksh 1,000,000.
15. Premier Bet
A multi-national sports betting company. Registration is done online and deposits can be made through buying vouchers at Premier Bet shops. They offer a variety of markets and betting options too.
Safaribet has lots of betting options and sports on its site. The site is quite easy to navigate.
17. M-Bet Kenya
A not-so familiar bookie in Kenya. The M-Pesa deposit limit is Ksh.1 while the minimum withdrawal is Ksh.150. You can withdraw a maximum of Ksh. 5,000. They offer a variety of betting options and operate in Tanzania too.
18. Cheza Cash
A new entrant to the market in 2017. One can bet on 5 different sports together with a weekly jackpot of Ksh. 15,000,000. Each time you play the jackpot, you earn points and could win Ksh.15,000. You can withdraw a minimum of Ksh.1 from Cheza Cash. Also, when you deposit Ksh.100 and bet with it, you earn a bonus of Ksh.100
Partnership signed to enhance integrity of esports industry
The European division of the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) has partnered with the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) in a move that is designed to enhance the integrity of the rapidly developing esports industry.
Referendum bid places question marks against Budapest's Olympic Games tilt
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is faced with the prospect of the bid race for the 2024 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games being reduced to two contenders after a threshold was met to stage a referendum on Budapest's bid.
Budapest 2024's 'ship has sailed' – bid chief
Budapest 2024 chairman Balázs Fürjes has conceded that the Hungarian capital's bid for the summer Olympic and Paralympic Games has likely "ran aground" as International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach labelled the uncertainty surrounding the bid as the work of a political group that is seeking to "make a name" for itself.
Giudicelli steps up to become new French Tennis Federation president
French Tennis Federation (FFT) secretary general Bernard Giudicelli will step up to the top role at the governing body after being elected as its new president.
Aiba forges partnership with WBA
The International Boxing Association (Aiba) has entered into a partnership with the World Boxing Association (WBA), one of the four major sanctioning bodies of the professional side of the sport.
Kohli lands record deal with Puma
Indian cricket star Virat Kohli has signed a lucrative endorsement deal with German sportswear company Puma.
Former Amazon executive Paull to lead Bamtech
MLBAM, the interactive media and internet division of North America's Major League Baseball, has appointed Michael Paull as the new chief executive of its Bamtech video technology division.
Six Nations chief rejects expansion talk
Six Nations chief executive John Feehan has said there is "no vacancy" in the national team rugby union tournament amid a concerted campaign for Georgia to be granted an expansion slot.
Budapest to quit 2024 Olympics race
Hungary's government announced on Wednesday evening that it would scrap Budapest's bid to host the 2024 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games – a move that leaves only Los Angeles and Paris still in the running.
ISSF approves gender equal Olympic program, assigns event hosts
The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) has signed off on a major overhaul of its competition system for the 2020 summer Olympic Games and has assigned hosting rights for a number of its events in 2018 and 2019.
Bayern confirms channel launch
German Bundesliga football club Bayern Munich has confirmed that it will launch its own linear television channel, FC Bayern.tv, on February 27.
Budapest 2024 winds up Olympic bid, Orbán hits out at Momentum
Budapest 2024 on Friday confirmed that formal procedures have commenced to end its bid for the summer Olympic and Paralympic Games as Hungary's Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, slammed the role played by the Momentum Mozgalum political movement.
A group of Derby County legends made a playing comeback on Thursday by featuring in a walking football tournament to support the Derby County Community Trust’s annual trip to Kenya.
The Kenya Cup, which ran in partnership with Richmond Villages Retirement Homes, saw former rams Archie Gemmill, Roger Davies, Roy McFarland and Kevin Hector don their football boots again in Repton, reminiscent of the Derby’s title winning era of the 1970s.
Walking football was the sport on offer and is a growing phenomenon amongst the older generations, providing an excellent outlet for those looking to return to the sport after many years’ absence.
Teams of over 60s from across Derbyshire took part, all to raise money for the Rams in Kenya project which will see over 60 volunteers return to the African country this summer.
During what will be their sixth visit, volunteers will spend time funding the installation of running water, building classrooms, providing resources, supporting teachers and completing maintenance and site improvement. Money raising events such as the Kenya Cup prove vital in making the trip possible.
In what was a fantastic fundraiser, the ex-Rams showed great vigour and hadn’t lost that competitive edge. They eventually finished the day runners-up to Riverside following a 3-3 draw and loss on penalties in the final.
The trip began in 2012 and has grown since 13 volunteers departed on the first visit. 164 volunteers have now taken part across the five trips.
Volunteers also get the opportunity to take part in the Rift Valley Adventure Day which is a visit to the Nakuru National Safari, Thompson falls and the equator. There is also the chance to visit the Menengai Crater, an elephant orphanage and the giraffe manor in Narobi.
Facilitated by African Adventures, the trip benefits both the Derby County Community Trust and the impoverished areas around Nakuru in Kenya.
Here is the business that has been happening from last Friday throughout the week in the world of sports.
Puma resurgence continues with strong financials
German sportswear company Puma has posted a 33-per-cent increase in operating profit to continue its financial improvement on the back of a year of major sporting events.
New Super League seeks to shake up triathlon
Hamilton Island in Australia has been announced as the host of a new triathlon series that aims to create an entertainment property that will take triathlon into the mainstream.
Funding not an issue for Vegas stadium, says Raiders president
Oakland Raiders president Marc Badain has insisted that financing the NFL American football team's proposed move from California to Nevada will not be an issue, despite the project having recently lost one of its key backers.
European Tour furthers innovation strategy with new GolfSixes event
Golf's European Tour has continued its drive for innovation in the sport by unveiling a new event entitled GolfSixes.
'Landmark' pact set to herald peace in kiteboarding
World Sailing on Monday hailed the signing of a "landmark agreement" which aims to unite the kiteboarding community and end a period of turmoil in the sport.
Amsterdam to host 3x3 basketball showpieces
Fiba, basketball's global governing body, has announced that the Dutch city of Amsterdam will host the 3x3 Europe Cup later this year and the 3x3 World Cup in 2019.
Formula E secures fresh Chinese investment
CMC Capital Partners, a leading Chinese investor in the sports and entertainment sectors on Tuesday announced an investment in Formula E Holdings Limited, the official promoter of the Formula E electric car-racing championship.
MEPs call for Commission inquiry into F1
The European Commission could launch an investigation into alleged "anti-competitive practices" in the Formula One motor-racing world championship after Members of the European Parliament voted to support an inquiry.
Turkey confirms plan to re-enter bidding arena for European Championships
The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) on Wednesday confirmed it will bid to host Uefa Euro 2024, following up on a pledge it made when exiting the race for rights to the 2020 edition of the showpiece national team tournament of European football's governing body.
LFP and FFF launch first overseas office in Beijing
The French Football League (LFP) and French Football Federation (FFF) on Thursday joined forces to inaugurate their first overseas office in Beijing, China.
FIA slams 'malicious' criticism of role in F1 takeover
The International Automobile Federation (FIA) has hit out at "inaccurately informed" and "malicious" reports concerning its role in the takeover of Formula One by US mass media company Liberty Media.
You are now informed! Be sure to read again next week on Friday to catch up on the latest in the world of sports.
Michael Jordan hasn't played an NBA game since 2003 and his last with the Chicago Bulls was 16 years ago. Yet Jordan earned approximately $90 million in 2013. Jordan made hundreds of millions from endorsements during his career, but 2013 was his biggest year yet. His 2013 payday was more than any retired or current athlete, outside of Floyd Mayweather.
Jordan’s hefty earnings are mostly attributable to the incredible success of Nike’s Jordan Brand. Other partners for Jordan, the man, include Gatorade, Hanes, Upper Deck, 2K Sports, Novant Health and Five Star Fragrances. He also owns seven restaurants, a car dealership and 80% of the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats.
High-profile athletes like Michael Jordan and David Beckham have founded global business empires on the careful use of their images. However, the widespread use of smartphones and social media has made it increasingly difficult for athletes to protect their images because their pictures or videos can be uploaded to the internet and, within seconds, accessed by millions of people.
Protecting an image is not just about money; an athlete’s reputation can be severely damaged through their unauthorized association with certain products or enterprises such as tobacco, alcohol or gambling.
Unlike other countries, personality or image rights are not explicitly recognized in Kenyan law. As a result, athletes whose images have been exploited are likely to find themselves having to initiate court action in a legal system which is ill-designed to protect their individual image rights. Consequently, many are turning to the use of trade marks.
A trade mark provides a legally enforceable right in relation to the use of an image, symbol or words associated with a person or other entity.
Trade marks can be particularly helpful because they can extend beyond the athlete’s image, to their name, signature and other images associated with the individual athlete. Essentially, if there’s some unique image associated with you, you can apply to trade mark it. Usain Bolt, for example, has entered his famous “winning pose” in the United States Trade Mark Registry, preventing its use by others.
- Once you have trade marked an aspect of your sporting personality, you can:
- Exclusively use your trade mark to start a brand, or sell a product;
- More easily prevent people ‘piggy backing’ off your image;
- Sell or licence the exclusive use of your trade mark for profit;
Get nation-wide coverage for your exclusive use rights to your trade mark. This is critical because if you do not have a trade mark and someone infringes your rights, any action you may have against them could be limited by state jurisdiction. Nation-wide coverage is also the first step to be taken if you want to later consider expanding your rights in other countries.
What should you do?
Professional athletes should give serious consideration to whether their image, or part of it, should be trademarked. This will provide them with a course of action in trade mark infringement if their image is exploited at any time.
For some athletes, the registration of a trade mark may seem excessive. However it is important that all athletes know what rights they have in relation to their sporting images, and the options available to them if they think they may be being exploited.
Trade mark registration is included in the services offered under Kenyanstar Athlete Branding and Marketing Services. Should you need any further information or to sign up for our services please contact us.
It is almost a year after AFC Leopards found itself in a catch-22 situation, with two sponsors pulling different directions, each wanting a share of the club. Ironically, while the potential sponsors were clawing each other to associate themselves with the club, Ingwe was just dusting itself from a terrible year both on and off the pitch.
Great sporting events bring with them opportunities for celebrating the talents of great athletes. But the stress can be enormous.
Individuals involved in sport are often people who are fortunate enough to be doing something they love deeply. Yet the alleged suicide of retired Kenyan sprinter Kennedy Ondiek in July 2011 or the death of former Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards and Harambee Stars midfield maestro John Okello “Zangi” many years earlier highlighted the prevailing stigma of mental illness and depression in the world of Kenyan sport.
Ondiek is alleged to have his taken own life while “Zangi” died tragic dead, found dead a few years after plunging into depressive illness.
While the deaths of these two Kenyan sporting heroes received some media mentions, the impact of their passing away failed to emphasize the need for the sporting fraternity to recognize depression as the serious illness that it is.
Sporting Pressures to Achieve Can Lead to Depressive Illness
In the competitive, "macho" sporting world, the pressure to reach goals and, once having reached them, maintain those high standards, can be extremely stressful.
The expectations of fans that are often unsympathetic to what may be seen as weakness in their heroes, adds to the pressure. Successful sportsmen are seen as fortunate to be rich, successful and doing a job they love.
Depression Seen as Weakness in Sporting World
Not too long ago, leading female boxer, Conjestina Achieng’, was hospitalized at the Mathari Mental Hospital, the media, both mainstream and social were awash with headlines insinuating that she had gone mad.
While later headlines modified the language, the public vilification of the trailblazing Kenyan boxer, for suffering from an ailment that required psychiatric help was surely no way to treat Conjestina or anyone for that matter.
Changes in Attitude to Depression in Sport
The mood is changing globally. Steps are being taken to encourage athletes to open up about their fears and speak to a medical professional if they are in any doubt about their mental well-being.
These changes have been brought about by sports personalities themselves publicly revealing their struggles with depression.
It is about time that the Kenyan sports fraternity accepts the reality of depression in sport.
Global Sporting Personalities Who Have Suffered From Depression
Brave sportsmen and women have helped to raise the public profile of depression in sport, and in the wider community, by being up-front about their experiences.
• British Athlete Dame Kelly Holmes said that her low self-esteem before her gold-medal win at the Olympic Games in 2004 had led her to cut herself with scissors. She sought help from a doctor and feels that she will never return to that dark place.
• Glasgow Celtic coach, Neil Lennon, suffered years of depression which began in 2000 when he was playing for Leicester City. It was only when he moved to Celtic that the Club doctor diagnosed his problem. His situation was exacerbated because he was threatened with violence for being Catholic. Lennon said that revealing his depressive illness to his own family had been the hardest.
• Closer to home, athletics legend Henry Rono is probably the only Kenyan sports personality to openly admit to have suffered from depression and alcoholism. In the late 1970s Rono was a big draw on the European circuit. In 1978 he broke four tough world records in 81 days and without the aid of pacemakers. His free-flowing, surging style was remarkable for its ease, but its effects were devastating on clock and competition alike. A love for alcohol, naiveté that saw him swindled by promoters contributed to his steady decline, going from grace to grass, even being homeless in the USA, before a long and winding path to recovery in the ensuing years.
Sporting Heroes Raise Public Awareness About Depression
Pressure in sport can be an exhilarating experience and most sports personalities can handle it. But often the pressure exceeds the ability to cope and then comes depression, anxiety, fear of public shame, constant newspaper speculation, and the advice to ‘pull yourself together’. Pressure in sport is excessive and expectations are high. In particular, for young men the male stereotype can be hard to live up to.
Depression is slowly being recognized as an illness, not a weakness. Experienced sporting role models worldwide are helping all sufferers from depression to seek help and recover. It is about time we embraced the same for Kenyan sports personalities.
Richard Wanjohi writes on endorsements and why our athletes and their agents need to go after it with the same zeal they go for honours in the sports arena. There are other honours that can be won after the finishing tape or final whistle.
Kenyan Sports Men and Women are constantly in the limelight for their record breaking performance. We have the likes of Victor Wanyama, David Rudisha, Pamela Jelimo, Ezekiel Kemboi and Vivian Cheruiyot, all big names and potential big brands for endorsements.
The achievements made by the athletes named above would be any business and marketers dream in terms of endorsements, brand ambassadors and face of campaigns that would be rolled out by corporate organizations.
And though some have enjoyed a level of visibility by different brands e.g. Rudisha’s endorsement of a shoe polish brand, Vivian Cheruiyot’s face as part of international debit card promo campaign and also to some extent former Olympian Catherine Ndereba’s cameo appearance in a personal hygiene product promo. Others who enjoy something close to an endorsement include Jason Dunford’s use of image for a local water infrastructure company.
The concern though arises from the fact that most of these ‘endorsements’ are more short-term and some even without any monetary or remuneration in place. Which brings to question whether corporate firms do commit real worth to sports personalities?
Running after endorsements
Many of our sports personalities work with agents who are quick to get them running and appearance obligations in the different circuits in Europe. There ought to be an equal measure of pursuit of corporate firms which can use the sports personalities for promoting their brands.
This also throws the gauntlet to local sports marketing firms which have not yet perfected the art of sports endorsements. Compare this with such feats as Samuel Etoo who besides being among the highest paid footballer endorses products by Puma and Ford. He has managed to stay among the top sports personalities with good endorsements and now a pay check which is any footballer’s envy.
We have seen our football heroes Victor Wanyama, Dennis Oliech and MacDonald Mariga make exploits in European league. But none has been able to attract brands worth mentioning. Our athletes also have a responsibility to maintain top form and an image off the limelight that is worth associating with.
Over the years we have had enduring sports personalities who have come close to such endorsements including Paul Tergat, the late Samuel Wanjiru (who endorsed a Japanese sports supplement brand) after his marathon exploits in Beijing, Kip Keino too was the face of a famous ball-point brand for sometime in the 1980s and early 90s.
In summation though, it is our hope that Kenyan sports personalities will realize their true worth in branding and endorsing products and that they shall be able to secure long term deals. This is to ensure better investment by brand custodians.
It will also ensure safer income threshold for the sports people once they retire from their active days. Aren’t they all envious of one Michael Jordan who even in his retired state is still selling shoes under one of the leading sports shoe brands in the world?
Article First Published in 2012
Once upon a time Kenya ruled the roost in Africa and beyond as far as hockey was concerned. Many of the current generation do not know it but believe it or not we were ranked number four in the WORLD, yes in the world. Back then we lived and dined with the masters of the game and hockey was indeed alive and well in Kenya, then a seemingly unstoppable downward spiral began and we are yet to find our way.
The story of how we got to where we are is indeed a long one and various reasons have been given as to the cause of the great decline but I don't think we can attribute it to one particular reason, it's been a combination of several some of which we can try and unravel here.
One obvious reason must be the personnel on pitch, back in the day hockey was played mostly by Indians (who brought the game to Kenya) and their love for the game and communal nature of life ensured talent was nurtured and also passed on at the right time. The segregated nature of the education system also saw Asian schools like Jamhuri High and Kisumu Boys produce an endless supply of very good hockey players who later turned out for team Kenya.
Kenya managed to send teams to the Olympics consistently from the time the country first participated up until the 1988 Seoul Olympics which was the last one we attended. In between we took part in the hockey world cup and once making the semi finals where we controversially lost to Spain. Kenya were truly on a high then, names like Santok Singh, Hardev Singh, Avtar Singh Sohal were household names in the world, well recognized and respected. With such talent on offer, how did we then sink so low?
Lack of proper planning , finances, poor leadership at the helm, racism, lack of proper youth structures and proper coaching have all been mentioned as some reasons why we fell from grace. These indeed could have contributed to some measure as we shall see in future articles but for sure it's a combination of factors which must be well addressed if we are to get back to the glory days of old. I shall endeavor to analyze in detail some of the fronted reasons and how best they could be solved.
We could be down and almost out right now as far as our status in world hockey is concerned, the current generation of hockey players have no memories of us ruling the roost and that's why they first must be informed of the time when we were kings.
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Exactly fifteen minutes after posting this article online, i wished i had been more critical. The subject matter is probably the most choking thing in football. Football analysis. In whatever way you look at it, something needs to change. Most local analysts are dull, lifeless and 100% watered down media puppets.
Hello, it’s January, the Monday of the year. I know you are not in the mood of exchanging pleasantries because you are still trying to shake off the cobwebs from a fantastic new year’s eve. Nonetheless, I do not want to step on a bandaged toe. This article is meant to give you seven of the top unbreakable sporting resolutions for this year. While some of you may be on a noble quest of quitting smoking, falling in love or exercising more in the gym, don’t kid yourselves. You have a better chance of wrestling a polar bear or even milking a rattlesnake.
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The ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports needs to come up with a serious master plan that will put sports right at the center of the Kenyan society and also implement the Sports Act to the letter. The masterplan should give a direction with practical steps in using sports to alleviate youth unemployment, bring about national cohesion and encourage tourism. Building proper sports infrastructure right from the grassroots and creating capacity at that level to harness and nature talent at a young age will improve a lot on the quality of sportsmen in the country.