Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei who recently won the men's 10,000m in Doha, Qatar has this afternoon paid a courtesy call on the Senior Presidential Advisor on Special Operations Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba.
Gen Kainerugaba heartily exchanged pleasantries with the 24-year-old athlete before they held a private conversation.
The General supported Cheptegei’s training facility-the Joshua Cheptegei Training Camp in Teryet Sub-county Kapchorwa district with 100 Million shillings. He promised to continue supporting him so that he can continue inspiring other young people and bring more glory to Uganda.
Cheptegei who has also been nominated for the IAAF male athlete of the year 2019 was accompanied by one of his local trainers--Benjamin Njia. Gen Kainerugaba listened as Cheptegei narrated the various medals he has won in the recent past. Cheptegei also thanked the General for his support in the competitions that the runner has participated in.
Cheptegei, 24, who is now the most decorated Ugandan runner has been nominated for the IAAF Athlete of Year Award, alongside his Kenyan counterpart Eliud Kipchoge. He won Uganda's second gold medal after Halimah Nakaayi won the first one in the women’s 800m final at the same championship in Doha last Monday. Nakaayi posted 1:58.04 breaking the national record.