Uganda’s 2020 Olympic champion Joshua Cheptegei has launched a shs. 1.7 billion fundraising drive towards completion an athlete training centre he is constructing Kapchorwa, his home district.
Speaking at a press conference held at Serena Hotel Kampala on Thursday, Cheptegei who won gold in 5000m and silver in the 10,000m huddle at the just concluded Olympic games in Tokyo said the state-of-art modern training facility will also double as a museum for Ugandan athletics history.
“It will also host tourists that could be interested in athletics. Today, we launch a 100-day public fundraising drive to raise 1.7 billion shillings towards the completion of this project,” he said.
The construction of the centre which started in 2018 following Cheptegei’s success in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, has not been able to reach completion since its inception.
According to Cheptegei, athletes need the right space and training to be able to compete at the highest level and urged Ugandans to contribute to the dream.
“Fellow Countrymen, the Olympics represent a pinnacle of excellence for any athlete across the world, and working towards and achieving that excellence requires the right kind of mental space, infrastructure, and training,” He said.
The campaign dubbed “Run with Cheptegei” will see well-wishers contribute towards the drive through Momo Pay and a bank account using the details below.
“For Momo Pay, dial *165*3# and insert a merchant code: 319325.”
“For the bank account options, the account number is 9030016912866 in the names of Cheptegei Joshya Kiprui.
Joshua Cheptegei is a 5000m gold medalist and 10,000m silver medalist in the Olympic Games that ended on Sunday, August 9 in Tokyo, Japan.