Uganda’s lone medalist at the just concluded London 2012 Olympics, Stephen Kiprotich, has received a hero’s welcome on returning home. Kiprotich landed at Entebbe International Airport, aboard British Airways at about 7:30am (East African time). He was received by government officials, including the Ugandan minister of education and sports, Jessica Alupo. His wife, Patricia, their two children, father and the Sabiny community welcomed him. Traditional dances of the Sabiny were performed.
During his speech at the VIP Lounge at Entebbe International Airport, Kiprotich observed the need to develop talent by investing in sports facilities. Kiprotich was then chauffeured in car with private number plate UG GOLD, to meet President Yoweri Museveni at State House, Entebbe, where they had breakfast together. President Yoweri Museveni has presented to him a cheque of Shs 200 million (about US$ 80, 000). Mr. Museveni has also promised to construct a three bedroomed house for Kiprotich’s parents.
The commissioner general of Uganda Prisons, Kiprotich’s employers, Dr Johnson Byabashaija has recommended him for promotion to the rank of Assistant Superintendant of Prisons. Since 2008, Kipsiro has been serving as a prison warder. Kiprotich’s medal is Uganda’s first Olympic gold medal in 40 years, after that of John Akii Bua in Munich in 1972. The president has promised that in future all athletes who won international medals would receive a monthly cash stipend of Shs 1 million, to help them train. Kiprotich won the 42 Km men’s marathon race clocking 2: 08:01 after breaking away from the front pack of Kenyan athletes, Able Kirui and Wilson Kiprotich Kipsang.
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