Tokyo Olympic Games 10,000m gold medallist, Selemon Barega was the highest athlete that was rewarded by the government of Ethiopia for their explosive results that they got at the 2020 Tokyo Games in Tokyo, Japan.
The win made him the fourth Ethiopian to win the 10,000m title at the Olympics, the other three being Kenenisa Bekele (2004, 2008), Haile Gebreselassie (1996, 2000), and Miruts Yifter (1980).
Barega was the most rewarded athlete as he walked away with 3million Birr which is Kshs 7,219,220.54. On top of this he was awarded a Toyota Car and 40 Gram gold.
Tokyo 5000m bronze medallist Gudaf Tsegaye was also rewarded handsomely as she took home 1.5m birr which is Kshs 3,609,610.27.
The Ethiopian government rewarded the top eight athletes with cash and they also recognized the coaches by rewarding them with cash for their job well done.