Uganda’s 2018 Commonwealth double gold medalist Joshua Cheptegei has sent out a strong message to the goverment.
Cheptegei who was speaking to the media at Imperial Royale hotel in Kampala urged the government to put up more training facilities especially in the north.
This, the medalist believes, that can propell Uganda to achieving more medals in the upcoming competitions.
There are many ‘Cheptegeis’ out there, many kids are in the north who can do what I do, but their talents continue to go unrecognised, started the long distance runner.
The government should put up more facilities like it is in Kenya and Ethiopia so as we can outcompete those nations, as we will have built more competitive athletes.”
Cheptegei’s message, can be seen as a response, in one way or the other, to the words aired out by the First Lady Janet Museveni who noted that Uganda has the ability to bring more medals.
At Gold Coast, Kenya scooped 17 medals; with 4 gold, 7 silver and 6 bronze.
Wycliffe Kinyamal (800 metres), Conseslus Kipruto (3000 m Steeplechase), Hellen Obiri (Women’s 5000 m) and Elijah Motonei Manangoi (1500 m) were the gold medalists.
From Uganda’s six medals altogether, Cheptegei won two; gold in both 10000 and 5000 metres.
Narrating his story on the track, he revealed:
It was tough out there, I remember at a certain point in time when I wanted to drop out, but I developed a stronger mind to carry on.”