Uganda Telecom Giants MTN yesterday rewarded Uganda’s Athletics team that participated in the just concluded Tokyo Olympic Games with shillings 175.5 million to be shared amongst them as a symbol of appreciation for having fled the country’s flag higher.
“The performance of our athletes is a demonstration of growth for Uganda’s athletics. They achieved both as individuals and as a team comprising the coaches and support staff. MTN has also chosen to offer a token of appreciation for the entire team,”Vanhelleputte said.
“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.” He added.
Dominic Otuchet, the Uganda Athletics Federation president applauded the telecom company for sponsoring them since 2004.
The 175.5 million to be shared among the 17 athletes, five coaches and three administrators
Cheptegei won a gold medal in the men’s 5,000m finals and silver in the men’s 10000 metre finals in Japan.
The money included shs50 million each for Peruth Chemutai and Joshua Cheptegei for winning gold for the country.
According to sources, Cheptegei is also set to be given another sh25 million for the silver medal and Jacob Kiplimo shs10 million for his bronze medal at the games.
However, at the function, Cheptegei gave away one of his medals to Stephen Kiprotich since he inspired them to join the games.
Cheptegei also gave away part of his shs75 million cash prize money received from MTN to fellow athletes.