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Public fury ‘forces’ Laureus organisers to change Eliud Kipchoge’s photo

It seems Laureus World Sports Awards organizers heard Kenya’s rallying cry over the controversial photo of Eliud Kipchoge they had initially used for the poster of this year’s nominees.

On Thursday, when the Laureus World Sports Awards Sportsman of the Year award were announced, the organisers used a not so appealing picture of the marathon world record holder and Olympics champion.

Most Kenyans on social media were however disgusted by the event organizers’ choice of Kipchoge’s photo for the poster, which they demanded to be changed.

Majority of Kenyans wondered why the organisers did not select a better picture and went ahead to share the many pictures that the world champion has.

Left: The initial poster for the Laureus World Sports Awards Sportsman of the Year award nominees in men's category with the distasteful Eliud Kipchoge photo. Right: The redone poster with a better photo of the men's marathon world record holder. PHOTOS | COURTESY
Left: The initial poster for the Laureus World Sports Awards Sportsman of the Year award nominees in men’s category with the distasteful Eliud Kipchoge photo. Right: The redone poster with a better photo of the men’s marathon world record holder. PHOTOS | COURTESY

REDONE POSTER

Laureus has now shared a redone poster with a changed photo of Kipchoge who is among the six nominees for the coveted award in the men’s category.

Kipchoge is the only African nominated in the category, the others being French youngster and Fifa World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe, American basketball player LeBron James and 2018 Fifa Best Player and Balon d’Or winner Luka Modric of Croatia.

Also in contention for the award is five-time Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, of Britain and men’s Tennis World Number One and 14 time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic of Serbia.