The President of the Republic of Uganda has on Wednesday, 10th August honoured the Ugandan Olympians at Kololo Ceremonial grounds.
At the ceremony the President rewarded Uganda’s three Tokyo 2020 Olympic medallists who are Joshua Cheptegei, Jacob Kiplimo and Peruth Chemutai with brand new cars and promised to build houses for the parents.
First Lady Janet Museveni (Minister for Education and Sports), State minister for Sports Hamson Obua, Uganda Olympic Committee President Donald Rukare, Federation Presidents and the Olympians were all in attendance.
“I am a happy man and I will give each medallist a brand new vehicle and I will build houses for the parents.” This is my small way of giving support to them.”
The President insisted that medallists should be paid their monthly stipends fully not quarterly
“I promised that anybody who wins a gold medal at continental, Commonwealth and Olympics to be paid Shs5m monthly, Shs3m for Sliver and Shs1M for bronze.” I heard that they are only paid quarterly no this is not what I said.
I said they should be paid fully every single month.” All their arrears will be paid, what they should have been paid back. “
During the summer games held in Tokyo Japan, Uganda managed to win four medals, two gold medals, one silver and bronze.
Cheptegei who became the first Ugandan to win two medals at the same edition of the games scooped gold in the 5000m and silver in the 10000m while his compatriot Kiplimo won bronze in the 10000m race.
Chemutai won gold in the 3000m steeplechase race to become the first female Ugandan Olympic champion. She is also the first Ugandan woman to win any Olympic medal.
Uganda was represented by 25 athletics at the just concluded Tokyo games from Rowing, Boxing, Swimming and Athletes at the 2020 Tokyo games.
This performance was Uganda’s best ever at the games and improved the nation’s overall Olympic medal haul to 11.
All Uganda’s Olympic medallists
•Eridadi Mukwanga- Silver (Boxing) 1968 games
•Leo Rwabwongo- Bronze (Boxing) 1968 games
•John Akii Bua – Gold (Athletics) 1972
•John Mugabi – Silver (Boxing) 1980
•Davis Kamoga – Bronze (Athletics)1996
•Stephen Kiprotich – Gold (Athletics) 2012
•Joshua Cheptegei- Gold and Silver (Athletics) 2020
•Jacob Kiplimo – Bronze (Athletics) 2020
•Peruth Chemutai – Gold (Athletics)2020