Celebrated Africa DK Awards 2015 runner up Bryan Mathews Oduor has established a Sports Management Agency that is aimed at pressing for the welfare of sports persons in Kenya.
The Kenyan international handball player who plays for Denmark’s third division side Astrup Hammelev Grenaa has started the ‘Just Be Master’ Sports Agency in a bid to educate athletes in fundamental issues which have over the years been side stepped by federations among them player’s insurance and medical covers.
Speaking to Ghetto Radio, the 27 year old Oduor lamented the amount of effort players make yet many end up languishing in disease and poverty.
“We want to look at the issues which teams and federations as well as the agencies that have been there overlooked including insurance policy, medication for the players, payment, housing among others,” Oduor told Ghetto Radio
“A players works very hard so at the end of the day, why pay him less when you expect him to give you a good result? You can’t train a player, expect him to play well when you pay him less,” He posed.
Oduor has joined forces with sports agencies in Denmark, Diverse Field Tracking and other US based firms as well as other three Kenyan Companies which he did not reveal to build the agency and is looking to team up with local Education institutions including Colleges and Universities across the country to raise the Standard of local sports.
“I experienced hardships before leaving for Denmark and this is why I want to do big things at home as a way of giving back to the society”.
Ghetto Radio understands the long term plan is for the Star to open his own sports academy that will cut across East Africa as well put in place Exchange of programs, Coaching and Referee clinics.
Though he admits that the impact of the agency and the establishment of the academy will take long before it kicks off, Oduor promises to bring something big. “It will be designed to teach, challenge, and entertain young athletes,” He noted.
“There will be training that will be conducted in Ohio, US, mentorship programs and guidance for the Youth”.
“We will also have tournaments that will give our young people a chance to play abroad and have a chance to learn foreign systems”.
The skillful handball player left for Denmark where he built reputation for himself. Being nominated for the sixth edition of the annual Sports Personality of the year, in the Celebrate Africa DK Awards last year.
He finished as the first runner’s up behind South Africa’s footballer Lebobang Phiri who plays for Brondby IF.
He also featured in the national team that took part in the All African Games in Egypt in January where Kenya lost all their matches.
Owuor, who first joined Arhus sports Academy IHA has also played for Mors Thy in the Danish top league as well as first division side Stoholm besides appearing for the Danish third division team Austrup Grenaa.