Eliud Kipchoge finishing a race (Courtesy)

If you are sports fan, then by now you must have seen Marathon’s World Champion Eliud Kipchoge has been nominated for 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards, the world’s pre-eminent international sports awards.

The awards in different categories are meant to recognize achieving men, women and teams that their performance have put them on the world map.

Kipchoge finds himself a lonely Africa athlete among the high profile counterparts selected across the globe.

What has shocked Athletic fans and Kenyans is how and why the organizers chose a photo in which Kipchoge was crossing the finish line with visible white mucus on his nose.

The Awards Nominees Poster courtesy of Laureus World Sports Awards

Even though Kipchoge took to social media to say he was honoured to be listed among ‘great athletes who all had such incredible performances’, a section of Kenyans think the photo was meant to tarnish his reputation.

In the Laurues Sportsman of the Year Category Kipchoge has been nominated alongside Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Tennis, Lewis Hamilton (UK) Motor Racing, LeBron James (USA) Basketball, Kylian Mbappé (France) Football and Luka Modric (Croatia) Football

Zoomed photo used from Laureus World Sports Awards

The Laureus World Sports Awards is an annual award ceremony honouring individuals and teams from the world of sports along with sporting achievements throughout the year.

The winners, as voted for by the 66 members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, will be unveiled at the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco on February 18.

Here are comments from sports lovers across the word who feel the organizers settled for an embarrassing photo for Eliud Kipchoge, then the best for his ‘rivals’…

Ngalonkulu Macarthur Cebo Well done champ, but they chose best photos for other athletes, but for you they chose the one that looks like mucus is coming out your nostrils.

Kipleting Manuela: Congratulations, on your nomination. My appeal to organizers, please we are unhappy with the photo you have used…what is it…With the photo thou? Am disappointed

Elvis Mudametja: I wonder if it’s not sabotage of some sort, out pictures many many pictures of him they find that one fitting? Really

Edward Githae‏: In protest, please plan to NOT ATTEND the said ceremony on account of their racist & neo-colonial behavior.

Anne kering: Congratulations champ Very well deserved!! But I’m dismayed at their choice of pic. Why

Chairman‏: What’s up with the photo this European shitheads can’t do something right .all the best man

Masudi Iwot‏: Kindly find a better picture to portray the fastest marathoner alive. This is disrespect and if it sticks Racism and outright bias!!

Cathy‏: The only one who’s not good looking…

Nigel Nitzky That’s a photo that shows everyone that you working hard, and you are focusing on your race. Sweat and mucus doesn’t bother you then

Nigel Nitzky Perfect photo I say. It shows us that when you are focused nothing distracts you. The champ is working really hard there

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