Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday announced a UGX 5 million (USD 1,416.33) monthly payment for the country’s Olympic gold medalists for their brilliant performance at Tokyo 2020.
Museveni’s announcement comes after a meeting held with the country’s Olympic athletes just a few days after the end of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
According to the president, the country’s silver medalist will receive UGX 3 million (SD 849.80) monthly, while the bronze medalist will receive UGX 1 (283.27) million monthly excellent performance.
In acknowledging their hard work, Museveni appreciated them and gifted the athletes cars for their outstanding performances and showcasing the country.
The East African country’s performance in Tokyo was ranked as the second-best performance by an African country after neighboring Kenya.
The country’s athletes brought home 2 gold medals, including one silver medal and one bronze medal.
Joshua Cheptegei, the biggest performer, received gold in the Men’s 5000m and grabbed a silver in the Men’s 10,000m.
On her part, Peruth Chemutai won gold in the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase, while Jacob Kiplimo, on the other hand, earned a bronze for his third-place finish in the Men’s 10,000m category.
The East African country was ranked 36th in the Games, which had been delayed by one year due to the global health pandemic.
This was the country’s best performance at the Olympics since it first participated in the Melbourne 1956 Games, and the athletes have made the country proud.