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MTN rewards Uganda’s athletes from Olympics Games with Shs 175.5Million

MTN Uganda has rewarded a total of 17 athletes, five coaches and three administrators who made up the Uganda athletics team contingent to the Olympics. The team has been rewarded with Shs 175.5Million.

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

The money includes Shs 50M each to Joshua Cheptegei and Peruth Chemutai who won Gold in 500Metres and 300metres in steep chase. Cheptegei has also been given 25Million for Silver he won in 10000metres and 10M for Jacob Kiplimo who won bronze in 10000 metres.

Yesterday, the double Tokyo Olympic medalist Cheptegei launched a fundraising drive for a training facility and MTN has decided to give Shs 100M towards this cause. This is in addition to the 100M that MTN donated to Cheptegei foundation back in Feb.

The CEO of MTN Wim Vanhelleputte said 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.

“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” Wim said.

Speaking at Sheraton hotel, Dr. Donald Rukare, Chairperson of National Council of Sports of Uganda said “I don’t look at MTN as sponsors of athletics but as a brand that has walked the journey since 2004. We look forward to more investment in infrastructure to make Uganda stand out more.”

“To the Olympians, keep the Respect, Friendship, and Excellence” he said

“We commend MTN for being a consistent sponsor for the Uganda Athletics Federation president since 2004. MTN has provided a firm foundation and this is giving us victories everywhere we go,” Dominic Otuchet, President Uganda Athletics Federation said

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

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