April 14, 2024

Ababu hints at diplomatic passports for elite Kenyan sportspersons

Ababu hints at diplomatic passports for elite Kenyan sportspersons
Ababu Namwamba

There have been instances over the years of sportspersons being awarded diplomatic passports by their various countries as a reward for their exploits.

Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba has hinted at ensuring elite Kenyan sportspersons are issued with diplomatic passports while representing the country across their various assignments. 

Ababu made the comments on Tuesday while unveiling air quality monitoring equipment as a part of a collaboration between Athletics Kenya (AK), Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). 

He said, “Our athletes have been flying our flag high and they are the only ones apart from the President of Kenya who ensure the national anthem is played abroad due to their good performance. I will be presenting a proposal to cabinet after consulting with my counterpart in the Foreign Affairs ministry and the Immigration department.”

There have been instances over the years of sportspersons being awarded diplomatic passports by their various countries as a reward for their exploits. 

Reigning 100m world record holder, Usain Bolt of Jamaica was handed a diplomatic passport by the country’s then Prime Minister Bruce Golding in 2009 after his recording breaking exploits. 

The Jamaicans then rewarded triple Olympic Champion  Elaine Thompson-Herah with a diplomatic passport in 2021 due to what Prime Minister Andrew Holness terms as  her exceptional standard-bearing for Jamaica on the international stage. 

In 2011, the then Serbian  foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic handed over diplomatic passports to members of the Serbian Davis Cup and Fed Cup teams