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World champion Nico Rosberg has announced he has retired from Formula 1 with immediate effect.

The 31-year-old German won his first world title on Sunday, beating Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by finishing second in the final race in Abu Dhabi.

"I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right," Rosberg said.

Rosberg won nine of this season's 21 grands prix, beating three-time champion Hamilton by five points.

"For 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my 'one thing', to become Formula 1 world champion," he added.

"Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target. And now I've made it."

The son of Finnish 1982 world champion Keke, Rosberg made his F1 debut for Williams at the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2006, finishing seventh.

And when asked if there was any chance of a return, Rosberg added: "No definitely not. End of story. Done."

Rosberg's wait for a maiden title was the second longest in F1 history

Hamilton, who had beaten Rosberg to the title in the previous two seasons, said: "He has a family he wants to focus on, and F1 takes so much from you.

"It is definitely going to be strange and it will be sad to not have him in the team next year."

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said the news took him "completely by surprise".

"This is a brave decision by Nico and a testament to the strength of his character," he added.

"The clarity of his judgement meant I accepted his decision straight away when he told me.

"We now have to consider options and we will start to look at it on Monday."

Rosberg raced in 206 grands prix, winning 23 and finishing on the podium 57 times - BBC

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In a bid to tap into perhaps the most followed programme on TV; sports, Radio Africa Group-owned Bamba TV has launched a 24-hour sports only TV channel, Bamba Sports.

Bamba Sports will be the first sports only channel in the country and will air both local and international news as well as talk shows including their own version of the hugely popular Monday Night Football.

"Bamba Sport is here for you.  It is designed to be extremely interactive, with fans calling in live and engaging each other on social media during the hourly sports news bulletins adding that it contains the latest sports news across the world,” said renowned sports personality and Head of Bamba Sports Carol Radull.

Bamba Sports will also from next season exclusively air a lower tier league which is widely expected to be the National Super League (NSL).

"We are making a commitment to do our part in growing Kenyan sport. We're going to make Kenya the centre of attention. Our sport is hungry for exposure," added Radull in an event which was attended by among others Football Kenya Federation supremo Nick Mwendwa and Sports Commissioner Gordon Oluoch.

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