Kenyan sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala Omurwa has joined the National Police Service (NPS).
Viral Tea has learnt that he will join the force’s General Service Unit’s (GSU) elite Recce Squad division.
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The sprinter is expected to commence his duties in January but will avoid having to go to the Kiganjo Police Training College (KPTC) for training.
The 25-year-old athlete, in a statement by the NPS, has taken up a new role that will see him represent the National Police Service and the country in future track events.
Omanyala was briefed on his new role on Friday morning, December 3 when he called on Inspector General Hilary Mutyambai at his Jogoo House office. Present to witness his induction was the Dean of Students University of Nairobi Johnson Kinyua and the Student Union (UNSA) Head of Communication, Joshua Sirma.
He joins a pool of other elite athletes in the NPS including the likes of David Rudisha, Joshua Kamworor, Vivian Cheruiyot, Julius Yego and the legendary Ezekiel Kemboi, among others.
Speaking at the brief ceremony, Omanyala thanked the National Police Service and the Government for supporting talent and he promised to repay this kindness with success in the track events.
“It is an honour to serve the National Police Service and I promise to give my best as an athlete. I also understand that there is life after sprinting,” he praised.
The IG urged Omanyala to maintain his sporting discipline for him to utilise his full potential and at the same time deliver on his new role as a Police athlete.
“I wish you well in the service for your country,” the IG concluded as he invited him for an official briefing.
Omanyala, a second-year Bachelor of Science student at the University of Nairobi rose to stardom in Lagos Nigeria where he clocked 10.01 seconds on March 30, 2021, at an athletic event dubbed the ‘Making of Champions (MOC) Grand Prix’ where he met the qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
He finished third in the Olympics semi-finals in 10.01 seconds. His trajectory was unstoppable as he went ahead to break the 10 seconds mark at the International Josko Laufmeeting, Andorf Austria 2021 with a personal best of 9.86 seconds.
The rugby-player-turned-sprinter warmed the hearts of Kenyans by clocking an impressive African best time of 9.77s breaking the 9.85s record by South African Akuni Sembine at the Kip-Keino Classics held at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on September 18, 2021.
This made him the fastest African man and the 8th fastest of all times in the 100-metre event.