Cheptegei dreams

Thursday October 14 2021
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Honoured: Sports minister Obua (front row, 2nd left) and NCS general secretary Dr Ogwel posses with Olympic medalists Chemutai, (front row, left) Emong (middle), Kiplimo (middle row), Cheptegei (front row, 2nd right) after rewarding athletes along with other sports officials. PHOTO/DON PHIL MUGABI

By Elvis Senono

Joshua Cheptegei’s dream is to turn the country into an athletics powerhouse.

Considering that he added a 5000m Olympic gold and 10000m silver to the 5,000m and 10,000m world records, that dream should not be far from realization.

Cheptegei made the remarks after the National Council of Sports (NCS) and the sports ministry rewarded Olympians and paralympians that participated in the Tokyo games.

“My dream is to make this country a running nation. I want the young people to be motivated so that they can take on sport and showcase their talents to the world,” Cheptegei revealed.
He also called for a change in perception with sport often regarded as a leisure activity.

“Sports is not just leisure. It is business and young people can learn that you can earn from sport. I want to set a path that other young children can follow,” added Cheptegei.

For his exploits Cheptegei took home a combined cash prize of Shs80m for the gold and silver medals he earned in Tokyo.

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“We prioritized rewarding athletes as one of the ways of promoting sports,” NCS General Secretary Dr Bernard Patrick Ogwel stated in his opening remarks.

The country’s other gold medalist from Tokyo, Peruth Chemutai, was rewarded with Shs50m while Jacob Kiplimo who won bronze in the 10,000m received Shs20m.

“My advice to the athletes is that this is your time but there is a saying that ‘athletes come and go’ so endeavour to invest and save wisely,” Minister of state for sport Hamson Obua advised the athletes who hailed the move

“My life does not remain the same. It is also motivation that I can go on and break the world record. And also motivates young athletes in the north to follow in my footsteps,” Emong noted.

Each of these received another Shs1m in addition to their allowances which were paid in July.
In 2018, the agency paid out Shs100m for medals won at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast Australia but there’s no reward and recognition policy in place yet.

NCS rewards

Joshua Cheptegei 
(5000m gold, 10000m silver)- Shs80m
 Peruth Chemutai 
(3000m steeplechase gold) – Shs50m
Jacob Kiplimo 
(10000m bronze) – Shs20m
David Emong 
(1500 metres T46 bronze) – Shs20m
Olympians and Paralympians- Shs1m

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