In Summary
  • Qatar’s Mutaz Barshim, Briton Mo Farah and South Africa’s Wayde Van Niekerk will be gunning for the men’s top award while world 10,000m record-holder Almaz Ayana, heptathlete Naissatou Thiam and Ekaterini Stefanidi will fight for the women’s accolade.

I must confess that I was equally disappointed.

However, the million-dollar question is that do we play our role as Kenyans when it comes to voting?

Honestly, I highly doubt. From a small research I carried out, I discovered that Kenyans are just good at talking and are not keen on supporting their own.

I interviewed two groups, one comprising sportsmen from athletics and other disciplines and the other featuring stakeholders in sports. The results were baffling considering that out of about 15 people I talked to, only two had voted.

We must realise that rules are rules and we have no choice but to stick by them. It’s ironical that most Kenyans are online almost the whole day yet they can’t take a second to vote for their sportsmen and women.


Hellen Obiri and Elijah Manang’oi failed to make the final list of this year’s IAAF Awards not because they were inferior to the other in terms of performance but because we didn’t just vote.

Some would say the public vote counts for only 25 percent but for God’s sake why can’t we play our part and leave the rest to the organisers.

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