Marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge, former National
cricket team Captain Aasif Karim and the 400 meters huddles
national record holder Rose Tata-Muya were among 25 former
sports personalities honoured as sports heroes and heroines
feted during the ninth Mashujaa day celebrations last weekend.
has been described as the greatest marathoner ever lowered
the world mark by 1:18 minutes during the 2018 Berlin
Marathon headlined the star-studded lineup that also
included reigning SOYA award winner Paralympian Samuel
Muchai, veteran African heavyweight champion Joseph
celebrated football coaches Robert Matano and Bob Oyugi.
Karim, who is
described as one of the best left arm spinners in the
world was the only cricket and tennis legend in the lineup.
captained the national team at the 1988 Davies cup tennis
tournament in Egypt.
appointed assistant captain of the National cricket team
in 1996 before leading the nation as captain at the 1999
cricket world cup in England.
Coastweek -- Aasif
Karim with Eliud Kipchoge and Mrs. Nazneen Karim.
His career highlight
was however during the 2003 cricket world cup in South Africa
when he was recalled from retirement and helped Kenya reach the
semifinals beating eventual world champions Australia with Karim
emerging man of the match with the dream spell performance.
Others who were
honored include the 1991 All-Africa Games 10,000 metres gold
medallist Thomas Osano, Mary Chege, Joseph Chesire,Esther Kavaya,
Beatrice Taita, former star sprinter Joyce Odhiambo and
Others are veteran
netball administrator Lillian Anupi, Volleyballer Esther
Elizabeth Onsika of
football ,Eric Gitonga from the Kenya Motor Sports foundation,
Deaflympian Daniel Kiptum Paralympians Berly Wamira, Edith
Koros and James Boit.