Uganda Police Force (UPF) has announced that the renowned athlete Joshua Cheptegei will be promoted to the next rank from his current Inspector of Police (IP) to Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP).
“The Police Advisory Committee (PAC) recommended IP Joshua Cheptegei, who broke four world records in long distance competitions, for promotion to his next rank of ASP,” Police officials revealed on Monday.
Speaking to the press at Uganda Media Centre, Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Okoth Martin Ochola announced Cheptegei’s promotion in a meeting held last week at the police headquarters in Naguru.
“The IGP made this announcement to honor the athlete on Wednesday in a meeting. He said that he will be promoted from the rank of Inspector to Assistant Superintendent of Police,” Enanga said.
He added that in addition to his promotion, Cheptegei will be also be gifted with a new double cabin to support his training in Kapchorwa.
“The IGP ordered the department of logistics and engineering to grant him a new double cabin and a mini coaster to help him and other athletes in their trainings,” he noted.
Enanga further revealed that a facility at the Police training school in Kabalya will also be renamed in honor of Cheptegei’s achievements, adding “Cheptegei’s successful season has inspired a lot of young stars out there.”
“Other young athletes have also managed to emerge successful in other sporting games after getting inspired by him,” he said.
Following many of Cheptegei’s record breaking achievements, people have also petitioned the City governing body, Kampala Capital City Authority, to name one of the city streets after him.
Cheptegei clocked 26 minutes and 11 seconds during the special NN World Record Day event in Valencia, Spain marking his fourth world record in 10 months.
He earlier smashed a long standing record that was set by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele in 2005 when he set 26:17.53 in Brussels.
In August, Cheptegei broke the 5000m World Record in Monaco which was also initially held by Bekele having set his personal best in the 10,000m with a time finish of 26:48.36 in Doha.
In December 2019, Cheptegei broke the 10km road best and later the 5km road record in February this year.