The 10th edition of the Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year Awards yesterday received a Sh3m from National Bank.
This year's event will be held on December 6 at a venue the organisers promised to announce soon.
SOYA founder, Paul Tergat, who was recently elected International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive member, said National Bank's sponsorship will help the organising committee fulfil its mandate in awarding the country's best sportsmen and women.
"In the beginning, we had very little support but over the time, we have seen corporate partners walk with us. We would therefore like to thank National Bank for sticking with us for the last four years," said Tergat.
National Bank managing director, Munir Ahmed, said they have all along been party to the exercise since it honours sportsmen and women who bring glory to the country regardless of their tribal and political affiliations. "Sports have proved to be the best way to unite our country," said Munir.
Chiarman of SOYA selection panel, Omulo Okoth, said nomination for the various categories will start soon. "We have had a very successful year in sports and we expect this year's event to be equally competitive," said Okoth.
Tergat appealed to wrangling federations especially Athletics Kenya to put their feuds to rest and concentrate on preparing athletes for forthcoming events.
"Federations should put the interests of athletes before anything else," Tergat observed. "Sideshows will only destroy the goodwill that we have built over the years with sponsors."
"Lets focus and put our minds and energy in development since it is not for the interest of this country that these wrangles are here."
Tergat and Ahmed also took time condole the families and friends who lost their loved ones during Saturday's terrorist attack at Westgate Shopping Mall. Tergat also delivered a message of condolence to the country from IOC chairman Thomas Bach.