Top 7 biggest sporting events which stole headlines in 2019

 

From Kipchoge Keino inking his name in history books to Fatuma Zarika surrendering her world boxing title in Mexico – 2019 has been such a memorable year for sport.

TUKO.co.ke now looks back at some of the most notable sporting events that stole the headlines this year.

1. Government crackdown on betting firms

A recent government crackdown on betting companies and introduction of stringent tax measures saw up to 19 firms including Betin, SportPesa, and 1Xbet exit the Kenyan market.

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The withdrawal of SportPesa in particular dealt sporting activities in the country a massive blow as the giant firm was actively involved in sponsorship of various projects including the Kenya Premier League.

2. Launch of Ekabet

With the exit of top betting companies, Ekabet, one of the fastest growing gambling agencies entered the market.

Owing to its attractive huge odds and varying bonuses, Ekabet has witnessed tremendous growth and acknowledgement from punters.

Fully licensed by the Betting Control and Licensing Board (BLCB), the site has an easy to use interface.

For quick signup, click here.

Its platform is also available online or through the short SMS code 29232 and covers all the major sporting leagues and sports disciplines.

3. Kipchoge Keino makes history in Vienna, Austria

Perhaps the biggest sporting event in 2019, Kipchoge, the world’s greatest marathoner once again put the country on the global map after becoming the first human being to run a marathon in under two hours.

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Buoyed by his previous success, the 35-year-old staged an epic run during the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria, to break the 2-hour barrier after clocking an incredible 1:59:40.

4. Fatuma Zarika surrenders title in Mexico

Boxing superstar Fatuma Zarika failed to defend her super BantamWeight WBC world title, surrendering the belt to Mexican Yeimi Mercado.

Mercado, who previously lost Zarika in Nairobi won the Sunday morning, November 17, fight staged in Chihuahua, Mexico, to clinch the prestigious title.

6. Harambee Stars holding Egypt in Cairo

Francis Kimanzi’s men defied all odds to force Africa football giants Egypt to a 1-1 draw in a thrilling Afcon 2021 Qualifier played in Cairo.

Michael Olunga drew Kenya level in the 67th minute, cancelling out Kahraba’s 42nd minute opener for the hosts.

7. Michael Olunga’s record-breaking eight goals in Japan

It is no secret some of the big sporting events happened late in the year, with Olunga’s record-breaking eight goals for Kashiwa Reysol being among them.

The Kenyan international found the times on Sunday, November 24, as his side demolished a helpless Kyoto Sanga 13-1.

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From Kipchoge Keino inking his name in history books to Fatuma Zarika surrendering her world boxing title in Mexico – 2019 has been such a memorable year for sport.

  SportPesa quits Kenyan market as Betin fires all employees

TUKO.co.ke now looks back at some of the most notable sporting events that stole the headlines this year.

1. Government crackdown on betting firms

A recent government crackdown on betting companies and introduction of stringent tax measures saw up to 19 firms including Betin, SportPesa, and 1Xbet exit the Kenyan market.

READ ALSO: Sudan vs Kenya: Harambee Stars stage comeback to seal CECAFA semi-final berth

The withdrawal of SportPesa in particular dealt sporting activities in the country a massive blow as the giant firm was actively involved in sponsorship of various projects including the Kenya Premier League.

2. Launch of Ekabet

With the exit of top betting companies, Ekabet, one of the fastest growing gambling agencies entered the market.

Owing to its attractive huge odds and varying bonuses, Ekabet has witnessed tremendous growth and acknowledgement from punters.

Fully licensed by the Betting Control and Licensing Board (BLCB), the site has an easy to use interface.

For quick signup, click here.

Its platform is also available online or through the short SMS code 29232 and covers all the major sporting leagues and sports disciplines.

3. Kipchoge Keino makes history in Vienna, Austria

Perhaps the biggest sporting event in 2019, Kipchoge, the world’s greatest marathoner once again put the country on the global map after becoming the first human being to run a marathon in under two hours.

  SportPesa fires 400 employees as it closes operations in Kenya

READ ALSO: Aubameyang reveals Ljungberg urged team to up their game in comeback win over West Ham

Buoyed by his previous success, the 35-year-old staged an epic run during the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria, to break the 2-hour barrier after clocking an incredible 1:59:40.

4. Fatuma Zarika surrenders title in Mexico

Boxing superstar Fatuma Zarika failed to defend her super BantamWeight WBC world title, surrendering the belt to Mexican Yeimi Mercado.

Mercado, who previously lost Zarika in Nairobi won the Sunday morning, November 17, fight staged in Chihuahua, Mexico, to clinch the prestigious title.

6. Harambee Stars holding Egypt in Cairo

Francis Kimanzi’s men defied all odds to force Africa football giants Egypt to a 1-1 draw in a thrilling Afcon 2021 Qualifier played in Cairo.

Michael Olunga drew Kenya level in the 67th minute, cancelling out Kahraba’s 42nd minute opener for the hosts.

7. Michael Olunga’s record-breaking eight goals in Japan

It is no secret some of the big sporting events happened late in the year, with Olunga’s record-breaking eight goals for Kashiwa Reysol being among them.

The Kenyan international found the times on Sunday, November 24, as his side demolished a helpless Kyoto Sanga 13-1.

Do you have an inspirational story you would like us to publish? Please reach us through news@tuko.co.ke or WhatsApp: 0732482690 and Tuko news.

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