Telecommunications giants, MTN Uganda, has rewarded the entire Uganda athletics team that participated in the recently concluded 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Each athlete, coaches and administrators that made up the contingent have been awarded with a collective sum of Sh175,500,000.
The money includes UGX 50,000,000/- each to Joshua Cheptegei and Peruth Chemutai for winning gold medals in the 5000m and 3000m Steeplechase races respectively.
Nineteen (19) of 25 participants on team Uganda at the Tokyo Olympics were from the sport of Athletics.
At the concluded games, Uganda won four medals – Joshua Cheptegei (5000m gold, 10000m silver), Peruth Chemutai (3000m steeplechase gold) and Jacob Kiplimo (10000m silver).
Each athlete, coaches and administrators that made up the contingent have been awarded with a collective sum of Sh175,500,000, MTN Uganda confirmed during a press briefing on Friday.
The amount includes Sh50m each to Cheptegei and Chemutai for winning gold medals in the 5000m and 3000m Steeplechase races respectively.
Cheptegei also gets another Sh25m for winning Silver in the 10,000m while Kiplimo bags Sh10m for his Bronze in the same event.
Prize Money Split
Gold Medal – UGX 50M each – Joshua Cheptegei & Peruth Chemutai
Silver Medal – UGX 25M each – Joshua Cheptegei
Bronze Medal – UGX 10M each – Jacob Kiplimo
Other team athletes – UGX2M each
Coaches – UGX1.5M each
Uganda Olympics Commission Administrators – UGX1M each
“The performance of our athletes is a demonstration of growth for Ug Athletics,” MTN Uganda CEO Vanhelleputte is quoted by MTN media.
“They achieved both as individuals & as a team comprising the coaches & support staff. MTN has also chosen to offer a token of appreciation for the entire team.
“We salute the big strides the sport is making, and we remain committed to facilitating the progress and success of Ugandan Athletics through our partnership with the federation.”
It should be noted that MTN Uganda is a long time partner of Uganda Athletics Federation since 2004.
Uganda Olympics Committee President Donald Rukare and Uganda Athletics Federation President Dominic Otuchet commended the giving heart of MTN Uganda.
In addition, MTN Uganda also responded to Cheptegei’s fundraising drive to complete his training facility in Kapchorwa.
The company has promised a contribution of Sh100m to the cause, the same amount the Multi World Record holder received from MTN for his Foundation in early February.