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Rugby Union: Sammy Oliech
Age: 22
High School: St Mary’s School, Nairobi
Nickname: Ssbeezy
Position: Fullback
Role models: Dan Carter and Israel Dagg

Kenya have unveiled their latest rugby star after Sammy Oliech was called into his country’s World Rugby Sevens Series squad for the first time. Oliech, a fullback who plays for Impala Saracens, has been handed his debut by head coach Benjamin Ayimba. Oliech said: “I feel my hard work has finally paid off. I want to go out there and show people what I can do.”

Kenya enjoyed a positive start to the sevens season, sitting eighth in the table at the time of going to print (just prior to the Hong Kong Tournament). They face two tournaments in May – Paris  (13-15) and London (21-22).

Makeni is the spectacular venue for the Sierra Leone Marathon on 29 May as it continues to raise money for charity Street Child.

Last year’s race, the first since a major outbreak of Ebola in the country that left many children orphaned, was particularly emotional with 600 runners taking part. It was won by Sierra Leone’s Osman Challey, 24, who says: “What Street Child is doing with this marathon to help children in Sierra Leone is so important. I am an orphan myself and that always makes me want to perform well at this event.”

Buy of the month: Puma football boots
The European Champions League Final takes place this month in Milan – and only 15 Africans have ever lifted the trophy. One of those is Yaya Touré – with Barcelona in 2009. So why not check out his football boots, made by Puma, ahead of this year’s final? The vibrant yellow evoPOWER 1.3 is designed to add power to your shot! They retail at US$199.

One-to-one with Emmanuel Adebayor

Togo legend Emmanuel Adebayor is back in action with English Premier League side Crystal Palace following a spell without a club – and he is ready to prove a point…

Q How does it feel to be back playing after you were let go by Tottenham Hotspur?
It’s beautiful to be back. For me the most important thing is to play football and enjoy myself. In life there are always ups and downs. I had my good times at Tottenham and I had my bad moments. But now I move on.

Q How difficult was it to leave Tottenham?
I am a traveller. I went from Togo to Metz, Metz to Monaco, Monaco to Arsenal, Arsenal to Manchester City, Manchester City to Real Madrid on loan, Manchester City to Tottenham. Today I’m at Crystal Palace. So I just play football.

Q How did you stay fit during those months on the sidelines?
I am from Africa and I know when it is time to work you have to work. A lot of people will say, “He took money from Tottenham and went on holiday chilling.” But I can guarantee I was not chilling. I was working more than all the Premier League players that were playing. Now I’m ready to score goals again.

What’s on in May
1 Marathon
Deloitte Challenge, Durban

6-29 Cycling
Giro d’Italia

8-12 Paralympic sport
Invictus Games, Orlando

13-15 Formula 1
Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona

13-15 Rugby Union
World Rugby Sevens, Paris

19-23 Cricket
England v Sri Lanka, Headingley

21-22 Rugby Union
World Rugby Sevens, Twickenham

21 Football
FA Cup Final, Wembley

22 Marathon
International Peace Marathon, Rwanda

22 May-5 June Tennis
French Open, Paris

26-29 Golf
PGA Championship, Wentworth

27-31 Cricket
England v Sri Lanka, Durham

28 Football
UEFA Champions League Final, Milan

26, 28-29 Formula 1
Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo

29 Marathon
Sierra Leone Marathon, Makeni