“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to the youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was despair. It is more powerful than the government in breaking down racial barriers” Nelson Mandela
Peruth Chemutai is a Ugandan steeplechase runner born on the 10th day of July, 1999. Hailing from the Bukwo District, she took up running in 2013 after attending the district athletics Championships in Bukwo as a casual fan.
Today the 4th day of August 2021 she dominated both international and local media in Uganda after winning gold medal in the 3,000m steeple chase in the ongoing Olympics in Tokyo Japan. She is the country’s first female athlete to win a gold medal at the Olympics.
Her victory drove tweeter into the ocean of celebrations.
Media companies in Uganda such as DAILY MONITOR, NTV, NBS, NEW VISION, RADIO WEST, UgStandard among many others expressed their happiness and gratitude to her victory.
This did not leave out individual persons to include but not limited to President of the Republic of Uganda H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who went on his tweeter account to express his happiness and pride about the great success brought to Uganda by a 22-year old lady.
There can be no higher honor than winning for your country at that age.
There can be no higher honor indeed than beating inter-continental athletes in such a major tournament and playing a national anthem in the honor of your country and your efforts. I must say it is synonymous with witnessing record of real memory.
I was over joyed by this event too because her victory like many Ugandans today for once halted our worries and saved a good day for us.
It is one rare event where you find a greater number of Ugandans happy and united for one cause. Politics is too much in this country to the extent that memories like these are not given attention unless otherwise.
The country is falling apart and apart every day because there is no much emphasis put on sports and the entertainment economy. We expect much production from politicians and these have disappointed us time after time.
Politicians have not appreciated the sports infrastructure as viable force for developing and uniting the country.
In conclusion, the Chemutai victory whispers to us all Ugandans today that:
-invest in sports
-being a hero for your country is not synonymous with age
-Uganda needs sports if it is to reduce the toxic talk and the ever-deepening division in the country.
-there is a lot of potential in Uganda thus, everyone given a chance can do better.
-success in life is not all about having academic papers.
-that everyone can be a hero for Uganda in one way or another. With the above we can do better as a country and many more Chemutai can be secured.
FOR: CHEMUTAI PERUTH. Thank you for putting a smile on our faces, thank you making us proud
BY KAMURINDE JOHN
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