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MTN rewards entire Uganda athletics team from 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Joshua Cheptegei receives a dummy cheque from MTN Uganda CEO Win Vanhelleputte (PHOTO /Courtesy)

The entire Uganda athletics team that traveled and participated at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has been rewarded by telecom giants MTN Uganda.

Each athlete, coaches and administrators that made up the contingent have been awarded with a collective sum of UGX 175,500,000/=.

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.

During the event held at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala on Friday, it was revealed that “Cheptegei will get another UGX 25,000,000/= for the silver medal he bagged in the 10000m race while Jacob Kiplimo gets UGX 10,000,000/= for his bronze medal in the same race.”

The cash rewards are not only in appreciation of the individuals exploits but also a celebration of the coming of age of the sport that MTN Uganda has supported over the years.

UAF President lauded MTN Uganda for providing a firm foundation for athletics in Uganda; “We commend MTN for being a consistent sponsor for the Uganda Athletics Federation president since 2004. MTN has provided a firm foundation and this is giving us victories everywhere we go.”

Uganda collected a total of four medals (2 gold,1 silver and 1 bronze) at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics all from the athletics category. The performance at the games was the best ever recorded by the nation in Olympic history.

MTN Uganda has partnered with Uganda Athletics Federation since 2004 – sponsoring various grass root athletics programs, the most prominent being the Kampala Marathon.

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

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