Tokyo Olympics 5000m gold medallist Joshua Cheptegei dream is to turn his home country (Uganda) into an athletics powerhouse.
Considering that he added the 5,000m and 10,000m world records, that dream should not be far from realization.
The 25 years-old made the remarks at the National Council of Sports (NCS) when it fulfilled its pledge of rewarding all athletes who excelled at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics on Tuesday (12).
“My dream is to make this country a running nation. I want the young people to be motivated so that they can take on sport and showcase their talents to the world,” said Cheptegei.
Cheptegei also called for a change in perception with sport often regarded as a leisure activity. “Sport is not just leisure game. It is business and young people can learn that you can earn from sport. I want to set a path that other young children can follow,” Cheptegei concluded.