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MTN Uganda Rewards Uganda’s Athletes From Tokyo Olympics

Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei - won gold in the men’s 5,000m race

MTN Uganda has today rewarded all athletes that represented Uganda in the just concluded 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, as well as their coaches and administrators in a press conference held at Sheraton Hotel Kampala in appreciation of their outstanding performance that earned the country 4 medals at the games.

The entire team made up of 17 athletes, 5 coaches and 3 administrators have been awarded a collective sum of UGX 175,500,000/-

This money includes UGX 50,000,000/- each to Joshua Cheptegei and Peruth Chemutai for winning gold medals in the 5000m and 3000m Steeple Chase races respectively.

It was also revealed that Joshua Cheptegei will be awarded another UGX 25,000,000/- for the silver medal he won in the 10000m race while Jacob Kiplimo gets UGX 10,000,000 for his bronze medal in the same race.

The cash prizes are not only in appreciation of the individuals’ exploits but also a celebration of the coming of age of the sport that the telecom company has supported over the years, through the Uganda Athletics Federation.

Speaking at the same event, the president of the Uganda Athletics Federation Mr. Dominic Otuchet commended the telecom company for being a consistent sponsor for the Uganda Athletics Federation since 2004 adding, “MTN has provided a firm foundation and this is giving us victories everywhere we go.”

Since 2004, MTN Uganda has sponsored various grass root athletics programs, the most prominent being the MTN Kampala Marathon.

While handing over the cash rewards to the Olympics medalists, the Chief Executive Officer of MTN Uganda, Wim Vanhelleputte saluted the athletes and the Uganda Athletics Federation for flying the Ugandan flag high and bringing home a record haul of 4 medals from a single Olympics event. A first. He reaffirmed MTN’s commitment to continue supporting the federation’s programs, through which some of this talent has been nurtured.

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“The performance of our athletes in Tokyo is a demonstration of growth for Uganda Athletics. The athletes achieved both as individuals and as a team comprising the coaches and support staff. So, MTN has also chosen to offer a token of appreciation not only to the medalists but also the entire athletics contingent that represented Uganda,” said Vanhelleputte.

Vanhelleputte pledged MTN’s continued support to the sport through the Uganda Athletes Federation

“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.”

While the telecom giant had already made a contribution of UGX100m to the Cheptegei Foundation in February this year after they agreed on terms with the world athletics champion to become the brand’s ambassador, the company is adding an extra UGX100m

“I would like to call upon fellow companies and opinion leaders to follow our footsteps,” said MTN Uganda CEO Wim Vanhelleputte

“We don’t only do this because of Cheptegei. Athletics in Uganda has always been big and as the President remarked, why number two in Africa and not number one?” he added.

In addition to his recent exploits, Joshua Cheptegei, also became the first Ugandan athlete ever to win double medals at an Olympics event, and in celebration of this milestone, MTN Uganda has offered all its customers, a week of the MTN Dabolo offer, effective tomorrow, Saturday 14th August 2021. In this promotion, subscribers who load a daily data bundle shall get double the volume of data they buy.

“This offer celebrates the triumph of Joshua Cheptegei the individual and our country Uganda” concluded the MTN CEO.

In line with its long-standing support for Uganda’s sports, the telco recently launched a sports dedicated website dubbed “MTN Sports” to provide sports fans with comprehensive sports coverage of the very best that Ugandan local sports have to offer.

Winnie Nantongo

Editor-in-Chief, The Postdale Daily

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