After jetting into the country on 10th August, the Ugandan Olympic team was yesterday 11th August 2021 hosted at Kololo Independence grounds by President Museveni who awarded the medalists with brand new cars.
Uganda collected four medals from the just-concluded Olympic Games in Tokyo Japan.
The medals were from Joshua Cheptegei who got a gold medal in the 5000m and a silver medal in the 10000m.
Peruth Chemutai was also able to get a gold medal in the 3000m steeplechase making her the first female Ugandan to get a gold medal in the Olympics.
Jacob Kiplimo was the other Ugandan that got a medal, bronze in the 10000m.
While speaking at the ceremony, President Museveni said that the parents of all the medalists will be awarded brand new houses for producing such talents.
“And for giving us such great talent, the parents of the gold medalists will be appreciated too. The government will build houses for them. I thank you.” President Museveni said.
The President also talked of the order he had given in 2013 to put these athletes who win medals on a payroll.
Mr Museveni said that he was however disappointed to learn that this order has not been effected fully as he ordered but partially.
He ordered that the arrangement he had directed be executed immediately.
“I made an order in 2013 that anybody who wins gold at a continental level, commonwealth, or Olympics be paid Shs5m per month, Shs3m & Shs1 million for silver & bronze. I am told they are being paid quarterly. I speak English very well, let their money be paid, even the arrears.” Mr Museveni added.
He concluded by appreciating Cheptegei, Chemutai and Kiplimo for bringing joy, pride and happiness to the Pearl of Africa.
Gen Museveni said that sport publicizes the country and he was glad that these athletes combined sport with tourism before handing the medalists brand new rides.
Despite Uganda’s success in the different sports disciplines, little has been done to better the conditions of these athletes let alone build good training facilities for them.
All that is delivered is promises that most times go unfulfilled.
Some of these athletes have heard to cross the border to go and train in Kenya due to the poor state or lack of facilities in the country.