Kenyan sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala is a happy man after securing a US visa to travel for the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Omanyala, in a last minute move was granted his US Visa today and will be leaving the country at 6.00 PM.
Speaking to Citizen TV sports editor Mike Okinyi, Africa’s fastest man expressed gratitude to all who made it possible for him to get his travel documents.
“I got it from the US embassy today and I want to thank them. There is nobody to blame here, it is the system…you cannot just force anything,” he said.
Omanyala added that sports CS Amina Mohamed has been working hard resolve the stalemate, with the help of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Omanyala’s flight is estimated to take averagely 24 hours, but the sprinter hopes to make it to the track on time.
“I hope I get there coz I know I am supposed to compete tomorrow. It is just about getting to Oregon and that start line and make it happen. I pray that I make it on time and God gives me the grace to handle the pressure,” Omanyala told Mike Okinyi.
The sprinter added that there are talks to compel the World Athletics to have him have “his own heat.”
“It would be nice to run alone, feel the field and get through to the semi-finals, get there and compete with other competitors.”
The sprinter added that he is ready to get to the track, as long as he gets the flight to Oregon.
“I have been through a lot, I have a strong mental strength. My main aim is to get there and when I am on the start line I will forget everything,” he said.
“My body has to run, no matter how tired it is. It is a challenge on the table and you have to take it head-on.”