February 23, 2024

Omanyala joins team VISA ahead of Paris Olympics

Omanyala joins team VISA ahead of Paris Olympics
Visa Kenya Brand Ambassador, Ferdinand Omanyala, leads in a mock sprint at Ulinzi Sports Centre. from left: Kenyan musician, Savara, Visa Kenya Country Manager, Eva Ngigi- Sarwari, Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs, Creative Economy & Sports, Hon. Ababu Namwamba and Visa E.A Marketing Director, Sheila Changangu

Team Visa helps athletes thrive personally and professionally, providing financial support, assistance with philanthropic endeavours, financial literacy tools, and mental health and wellness resources

In a nation that has been dominated by long and middle-distance athletics performances for decades, one Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala has crafted himself a legacy as Africa’s top-rated sprinter and one of the fastest rising in the world.

The Kenyan 27-year-old first broke the sub 10 during his outing on 14th August 2021 at the Int. JOSKO Laufmeeting, Pramtalstadion, Andorf in Austria where he shuttered his own personal best and national record to begin an epic journey to the sprint’s books of greatness.

Since then, Omanyala has gone ahead to hit major world headlines including setting a 9.77 at home during the 2021 Kip Keino Classic at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, Nairobi. The mark broke the 9.85s set by South Africa's Akani Simbine.

Formerly a rugby player, Omanyala continued to shutter the glass ceiling by officially winning the African title in June of 2022 and later went ahead to win 100m gold at the Commonwealth Games in August at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, the country’s first in 60 years.

Ranked 44th overall on the World Athletics rankings, Omanyala has his eyes on an Olympics medal at the 2024 Paris Olympics and he is raking in support from new quarters, the latest being a welcome into the diverse and impressive roster of Team Visa athletes from around the globe.

Team Visa helps athletes thrive personally and professionally, providing financial support, assistance with philanthropic endeavours, financial literacy tools, and mental health and wellness resources. An incredible addition to Team Visa, Omanyala is a powerful voice inspiring athletics fans in Kenya and across the globe. 

Welcoming Omanyala to the elite list of global athletes, Visa’s Marketing Director for East Africa Sheila Changangu said, “Africa has borne witness to the rise of an exceptional talent in the sprinting arena over the last three years as Omanyala has continually broken new ground in his career, and we are proud to welcome Omanyala to Team Visa and champion all that he stands for,”

She adds that “Omanyala is an example of what hard work and dedication can do to achieve your dreams, while inspiring the next generation.”

 

Since its inception in 2000, Team Visa has supported more than 500 athletes with women representing over 50% of the roster. Team Visa provides athletes from around the globe with tools, resources and support needed to achieve their goals on and off the court. Athletes are selected based on athletic achievements, personal journey, and social impact, aligned with Visa’s brand values and priorities including diversity, equity, inclusion and commitment to uplifting their communities. 

“I started my career in tennis at a young age and even if I’m still learning, I’m trying to use my voice and become a role model for other young people,” said Ferdinand Omanyala. “Joining Team Visa with so many incredible athletes will help me continue to advocate for what’s important to me, advancing the sport and social issues that matter most to me.”

He is on record to have set his eyes on running even faster with eyes on a possible 9.70s, a time only previously achieved by the Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, his compatriot Yohan Blake and the USA's Tyson Gay.