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Omanyala is Team Visa’s Newest Global Brand Ambassador


The Olympic & Paralympic Games Paris 2024 are set to happen in Paris and if you’re a sports enthusiast you know this is one of those competitions you should look out for. 

This will be the 17th edition of the Paralympic Games and will be hosted in Paris from August 28 to September 8, 2024. This will also be the first time the event will also be hosted in Paris.

Ahead of the competition, digital payments firm Visa has been quite busy, adding a diverse and impressive roster of Team Visa athletes from around the globe, preparing to compete at the competition. 

In August, it welcomed tennis champion Iga Swiatek to the team and now Ferdinand Omanyala, the Kenyan sprinter competing in the 60 metres, 100 m and 200 m. 

Visa says Omanyala builds on its longstanding commitment of supporting the world’s most inspirational athletes on and off the track. 

“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,” Sheila Changangu, Marketing Director for East Africa, Visa says.

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

In August 2021, Omanyala became the first Kenyan sprinter to break the ten second barrier before setting a new African record of 9.77 seconds in September. He officially became the African champion in June 2022, before winning Kenya’s first 100m gold at the Commonwealth Games in August, the country’s first in 60 years.

“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.” 

About Team Visa athletes

As I mentioned, the Team Visa athletes programme aims to provide athletes with the tools, resources and support they need to thrive on and off the pitch, regardless of their origin or backgrounds. 

The support is provided in the form of finances, assistance with philanthropic endeavours, financial literacy tools, and mental health and wellness resources. 

Since its inception in 2000, Team Visa has supported more than 500 athletes with women representing over 50% of the roster. At the 2023 Women’s World Cup, it added 33 women players 

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.

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Nixon Kanali

Tech journalist based in Nairobi. I track and report on tech and African startups. Founder and Editor of TechTrends Media. Nixon is also the East African tech editor for Africa Business Communities. Send tips to nkanali@techtrendske.co.ke.

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