By Simon Abaho
On Friday, telecom giants MTN pledged to support the 5000m Olympic medalist Joshua Cheptegei with UGX 100m towards the construction of the training facility in kapchorwa that’s already underway construction.
MTN Uganda CEO, Wim Vanhelleputte said, “this is in addition to the 100M that we donated to Cheptegei’s foundation back in Feb”.
Joshua Cheptegei Launched the campaign yesterday at the Serena Hotel where he promised that the money contributed goes to the Construction of the Training Facility which will help provide space for Future medalist to develop their talents.
MTN UG also rewarded the athletics team that participated in the games with a sum of shs175.5 million to be shared among the 17 athletes, five coaches, and three administrators.
The money included shs50 million each for Peruth Chemutai and Joshua Cheptegei for winning gold for the country.
It was also revealed that 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 to thank him for providing inspiration saying he expects to get another one during the Olympics games in Paris in 2024.
The 5000m world champion also gave away part of his shs75 million cash prize money received from MTN to fellow athletes.
“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.”
Dominic Otuchet, the Uganda Athletics Federation president applauded the telecom company for sponsoring them since 2004.
Cheptegei won a gold medal the men’s 5,000m finals and silver in the men’s 10000-meter finals in Japan.
For Contribution Towards the Campaign :
Dial *165*3# | Merchant Code 319325 to run with Cheptegei on this worthy cause (For MTN)
Bank Account Name : Joshua Cheptegei Kiprui
A/c No: 9030016912866 Stanbic Bank.