Olympic heroes await Museveni reward

5,000m Olympic gold medallist and 10,000m Silver medalist Joshua Cheptegei (front), followed by the 3,000m steeplechase gold medallist Peruth Chemutai (centre) and 10,000m bronze medallist Jacob Kiplimo leave Entebbe airport after their return from the Olympic games in Japan yesterday. Photos/Ismail Kezaala

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As Joshua Cheptegei leads Uganda’s most successful Olympic team— four medals, including two golds—to meet the President at Kololo Grounds today, everyone is keen to know what Mr Museveni will offer or promise.

Performing at the Olympics is such an honour and winning a medal is every athlete’s dream. The celebration tells it all. It makes nobodies national heroes.
Yet Olympians do not get prize money, as they do in other events such as Diamond League circuits in athletics, soccer or basketball leagues, every year.
These honours and medals do not pay bills or buy food even at the cheapest grocery.

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