Omanyala Visa saga – stop pointing fingers, the govt really helped
Africa’s quickest man Ferdinand Omanyala on Friday called upon Kenyans to quit pointing fingers at the public authority with respect to his VISA adventure in front of the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, United States.
Talking through his authority online entertainment account Twitter, the prevailing African hero said there is nobody to fault for his visa postponement and that it was the public authority who assisted him with getting to Oregon.
Omanyala arrived around three hours before the primary intensity last Saturday morning and was quickly carried to Hayward Field where he completed third in his intensity in the wake of timing 10.10 seconds and progressing to the elimination rounds.
Omanyala, who didn’t get his US visa until Thursday morning last week, confronted a five-hour trip to Doha, Qatar, a six-hour delay, a 14-hour trip to Seattle, a three-hour delay lastly, a one-hour trip to Eugene.
“Like I said, there is nobody to fault for my visa delay. We as a whole as competitors went for VISA interviews at the consulate. From that point forward, I was sent advantageous inquiries that required explanation,” posted Omanyala.
“However, on Thursday, a day prior to my race, my Visa was not out. It was through government mediation by the Ministry of Sports and Athletics Kenya that I got my VISA.
“As a matter of fact, the Ministry of Sports through CS Amina Mohammed were instrumental in my VISA being conceded once the issue was raised.”
Omanyala defeated Simbine, who was likewise the Commonwealth Games 100m boss in a neck and neck finish with the team returning 9.93 sec in the last held June 9 at Cote d’Or National Sports Complex.
Last year, Omanyala set another African Record when he timed 9.77 sec to complete behind American Trayvon Bromell in 9.76 sec. Simbine held the past record of 9.84 sec.