It gives me great pleasure to announce and launch the 8th edition of the sports personality of the year award event popularly known as SOYA. The 2011 SOYA gala night will be staged on the 14th December in the beautiful capital city of Kenya, Nairobi.
I reflect with pleasure, satisfaction and pride what SOYA has achieved since its inception in 2004. Initially the event attracted between 150 to 200 people, presently the organizers host over 500 guests. SOYA has become a household name in Kenya and across the borders. Apart from the sports fraternity, the event continue to attract people from all walks of life.
As a founder of this prestigious sporting event, I feel humbled and honoured receiving inquiries from Kenya and internationally about the progress of the event. This demonstrates the immense interest that sports fans have to know who will be the fairest of them all during the awards gala.
Stiff competition is expected in all categories putting in mind that this was a busy sporting year. Our sportsmen and women have traversed the world, featuring in different sporting disciplines with a view of making an impact and thus being noticed by the SOYA panel and the public for consideration in the nomination process.
I have confidence in the SOYA panel that consists of men and women of impeccable credentials in their own field, especially experienced and talented journalists in matters sports, which will ensure that the nomination and voting process is free and fair and only the best performers and achievers will be awarded.
Finally, I send my best wishes to all the sportsmen and women who will carry the top honours at this year’s SOYA gala night on the 9th of December 2011. Keep the spirit burning beyond there.
Long live SOYA! Long live SPORTS!
Paul Tergat 2011