Africa 100m record holder and commonwealth champion Ferdinand Omanyala has been appointed a global ambassador for Visa, a world wide payment partner for the 2024 Paris Olympics and Paralympic Games.
Omanyala the continents fastest man is among 117 athletes picked to be brand ambassadors for Visa the technology payment partner for the 2024 Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Omanyala who finished fourth at the Hungary World Athletics Championships in the men’s 100m final said the partnership is timely as he prepares for the 2024 Olympic Games.
“Being on Team Visa is a tremendous honor. Visa’s support is invaluable during my journey to the Olympics, and I’m thrilled to have their backing as I prepare to compete on the biggest stage in athletics. Joining Team Visa is not just about athletics; it’s about inspiring people globally and connecting with my fans on a deeper level. I’m excited to be part of this diverse and talented group of athletes, and I look forward to sharing my story and experiences with the world.” said Ferdinand Omanyala.
Visa said they settled on Omanyala due to his commitment to programmes that seek to inspire a new generation of sprinters.
“We are incredibly proud to welcome Ferdinand Omanyala to Team Visa for the Paris 2024 Games. His presence on Team Visa not only represents the diversity of talent within the African continent but also underscores Visa’s commitment to supporting athletes who are dedicated to making a difference and inspire their communities. We are proud to have him as part of us and look forward to witnessing the continued impact he will make both on and off the track.” said Eva Ngigi-Sarwari, Ag. General Manager for East Africa at Visa.
Omanyala will be seeking to become the first 100m runner to clinch an Olympic medal at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games scheduled July 30th -August 11 2024.