President Museveni has congratulated and gifted brand new cars to the 2020 Olympics medal winners Joshua Cheptegei, Jacob Kiplimo and Peruth Chemutai.
Museveni handed over the cars to the three in a function held at Kololo Independence Grounds in which he welcomed the Uganda Olympics team and officials returning from Tokyo, Japan.
“In my happiness, for the people who have won medals, I will give each one of them a brand new vehicle,” Museveni said in part of his speech.
In addition, Museveni said that he will build a house for the parents of the Olympians who won a Gold medal (Cheptegei and Chemutai).
“I brought a suggestion that if you Gold medal at African level, commonwealth and Olympics, then you must get Shs 5 million per month, Silver Shs 3 million and Bronze Shs 1 million but it has not yet been implemented,” Museveni said.
Uganda finished in second position on the Africa medal ranking with a total of four medals behind neighbours Kenya.
Joshua Cheptegei won a gold medal in the 5,000m race and silver in the 10,000m race while Peruth Chemutai won gold in the 3,000m Steeplechase final, whereas Jacob Kiplimo bagged bronze in the 10,000m race.
The Inspector General of Police, Martins Okoth-Ochola, also promised to promote the athletes in the Force as an appreciation for their excellent performance.
The team returned home yesterday to a heroic welcome. They were received at Entebbe International Airport by officials led by the minister of state for sports Denis Hamson Obua.