Joshua Cheptegei’s heroic victories at the Tokyo Olympics Games have earned him Fortebet Real Super Star of the year Award that was held at Spice Junction in Kololo.
Cheptegei who bagged Olympic gold and silver medals in the 5,000m and 10,000m respectively was announced the winner by Rev. Can Duncan Mugumya the commissioner of physical education and sports in the Ministry of Education and Sports says recognition of athletes motivates them.
“I want to thank the organisers for coming up with such an initiative. It really motivates the athletes. I myself was an athlete till the national level so don’t be surprised that I am a reverend but also involved in sports,” noted Mugumya.
Mugumya handed over the plaque to Abdullah Muhammad, representative of the coaches at Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) on Cheptegei’s behalf.
“When he went to the Olympics, he really wanted to win since those are medals that missed in his cabinet. He won them in style. I hope this accolade will inspire more young stars to come,” stated Abdullah.
Cheptegei beat rally driver Yasin Nasser, golfer Irene Nakalembe and cricketer Riazat Shah Ali to the award.
The Uganda Police Force athlete had previously won three monthly Real Stars accolades.