Vanhelleputte, Somdev celebrate Uganda athletics success at 2020 Tokyo Olympics


MTN Uganda Chief Executive Officer Wim Vanhelleputte and MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer Somdev Sen have commended Uganda’s athletics contingent for excelling at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The duo reiterated their message at the rewards event organized to appreciate the entire team of 17 athletes, 5 coaches and 3 administrators at Kampala Serena Hotel on Friday.

”The performance of our athletes is a demonstration of growth for Ug Athletics,” MTN Uganda CEO Vanhelleputte remarked.

“They achieved both as individuals & as a team comprising the coaches & support staff. MTN has also chosen to offer a token of appreciation for the entire team.

“We salute the big strides the sport is making, and we remain committed to facilitating the progress and success of Ugandan Athletics through our partnership with the federation.”

Uganda collected four medals at the games to register its best performance in Olympic history. Joshua Cheptegei claimed gold in the men’s 5,000m after sealing silver in the 10,000m alongside Jacob Kiplimo who garnered bronze in the latter.

Peruth Chemutai also claimed gold in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase final to become the first female silverware winner from Uganda in Olympic history. Her medal meant Uganda had found all its fortune at the events from the athletics category.

“I don’t look at MTN as sponsors of athletics but as a brand that has walked the journey since 2004. We look forward to more investment in infrastructure to make Uganda stand out more,” Dr. Donald Rukare, Chairperson of National Council of Sports of Uganda said.

“To the Olympians, keep the Respect, Friendship, and Excellence,” he added.

MTN Uganda and Uganda Athletics Federation have had a long standing partnership with Uganda Athletics Federation since 2004 – sponsoring various grass root athletics programs, the most prominent being the Kampala Marathon.

MTN Uganda is a fervent supporter of Uganda sports and has over the years supported various disciplines including athletics, football, basketball, golf, and many others both at national and club levels.


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