Ferdinand Omanyala is reigning Commonwealth Games gold medalist.He is the first Kenyan sprinter in 60 years to finish first in the Men’s 100m at the event

Africa's fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala has hinted of his plans to establish a foundation which will revolve around addressing health issues in the society, advocating for development of sprints and tackling challenges of climate change in Kenya.

The 26 year old  sprints sensation and University of Nairobi student while in an exclusive interview with KBC Sports Digital said he will opt for the three factors because they are his areas of interest which needs maximum attention from various stakeholders in the country.

He became the first ever Kenyan in 60 years to win the Commonwealth Games 100m title on August 3 after clocking 10.02 seconds to relegate defending champion Akani Simbine from South Africa to silver in 10.13 sec.

Kenyans have long dominated the podium when it comes to long distance running, but now Omanyala is looking to inspire a new generation of runners and transform Kenya into a "sprinting nation."

"I believe I opened the way for so many people coming behind me," he said. "One of the things that I wanted to do is to leave a legacy. I want to leave an industry of sprint in Kenya.

"I believe I will inspire so many kids, not only in Kenya but in Africa. I believe there is some kid, somewhere, who is looking up and saying 'I want to be where Omanyala has been'." remarked the ever jovial superstar.

The third quickest man in the world this season behind Americans Fred Kerley and Trayvon Bromell holds the Africa record at 9.77 seconds set the Kip Keino Classic meet at Kasarani Stadium last year.

He disclosed his support for Brazil at the ongoing 22nd edition of FIFA World Cup in Qatar adding that he drew admiration for the five time world cup champions from his father.

"In 2002 at the very tender age I was catching the action with my dad and Brazilian style of playing and passing impressed me.My father's passionate love for the game made me to start paying attention to football even though I'm in different sport. I've learnt not to be limited and associate myself with most people across various industries may it be art,business,music among others. I'm sure Samba Boys will lift the coveted showpiece" he added.

After exiting in the quarter-finals of World Cup 2018 and finishing as runners-up at Copa America 2021, the Selecao are gunning for glory in Qatar.

Having finished top of Group G, they will on Monday face the runners-up from Group H South Korea in their quest to secure  a place in the quarter-finals of the competition

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