19th September 2018… Two times reigning African
Rally Champion Manvir Baryan is the StarTimes Sports Personality of the month
by his British partner Drew Sturrock, the Multiple Racing Team Skoda Fabia R5
speedster racked up the coveted award following exhilarating cockpit displays
which saw him sweep the ground with all and sundry on the prestigious Gomes
Zambia International Rally. The Zambia rally -synonymous with the legendary
Muna Singh rally dynasty of Lusaka- counted towards the fourth round of the FIA
African Rally Championship (ARC) 2018.
to a career second Zambia triumph, Manvir entered his name in the annals of continental
rallying history in April by being the first ever non-South African competitor
to win ARC 3 York Rally (formerly Sasol Rally) in Nelspruit.
during the ward presentation, StarTimes Kenya Marketing Director, Japheth
Akhulia said, “StarTimes has endeavored to recognize and reward excellence in major
sports genres, this award is a true testament of our diversity where in the
past 12 months, it’s the very first time we are awarding a rally champion. Our
aim is to inspire stakeholders in the sports fraternity and progressively support
the diverse disciplines to achieve greater success.”
winning the June award, Manvir savored a cash award of Ksh 100,000, a
personalized trophy and an elegant StarTimes 43’ inch LED TV.
beat three other nominees to a cutthroat awards procedure conducted by a
battery of SJAK scribes’ panel.
nominees were Gloria Mulei who set a new Triple Jump record of 12.97 meters at
the AK National Championships, Sheil Kotecha who won all his singles rubbers at
the Davis Cup Africa Group III Championship where Kenya earned promotion to the
Euro/Africa Group II and Dominic Abuda who set a new national record of 62.45
metres at the AK National Championships.
previous record of 59.93 metres was set in 1993 by Patrick Njoroge. Another
nominee for the June award was Mathew Sawe who improved his National High Jump
Record to 2.30 metres also at the AK National Athletics Championships.
it was a pleasant surprise for Manvir who is shaping up for the iconic ARC 7
Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Rally after clinching the FIA continental rally diadem.
by Kenya Motor Sports Federation General Manager Mwaura Njuguna, the MRT ace
driver said, “It’s such a great feeling to be considered for any award
alongside Kenya’s world beating middle and long distance runners. I’m overly
excited to lay my hands on this award and the fact that the rally sport is
finally regaining the recognition it has held for donkey’s years. I take this
opportunity to thank sports scribes and StarTimes for their unswerving support
of rewarding and acknowledging local sports personalities; for me it hasn’t
sunk in yet.”
General Manager lauded Manvir for putting the country’s name on the continental
behalf of KMSF, I would like to salute Manvir for his exceptional driving lines
and uncanny knack on the continental area which has seen his race adversaries
trail in his dust.”
President Chris Mbaisi congratulated Manvir for his consistency over the past
two seasons. “The award cuts across all sports
from athletics to table tennis. We have been doing football for a while now and
we felt it was also good to get something for other sports,” Mbaisi said.
2017 Kenya Motor Sports Personality-of-the-Year equally sealed the coveted ARC
title after winning the ARC 6 Oryx Energy’s Rally of Tanzania in Bagamoyo
region. Manvir became the fourth ever Kenyan driver to lay his hands on the
coveted ARC title after Shekhar Mehta and David Horsey in 1980s and Jaspreet
“Jassi” Chatthe in 2015.
becomes the fifth winner of the award this year after Telkom women's hockey club goalkeeper Cynthia Onyango
(January), KPA’s basketball forward Felmas Adhiambo (February), three-time
World Half Marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor (March), Wycliffe
Kinyamal (April) and boxer Judy Waguthii in May. Other winners of the award
incepted last year include World Boxing Council (WBC) female’s
super-bantamweight champion Fatma Zarika and Deaflympian Simon