MTN Uganda has contributed UGX 100M to the Joshua Cheptegei fundraising drive to complete his training centre in Kapchorwa.
The money is being offered in addition to UGX 100M that was initially handed over to the Joshua Cheptegei Foundation in early February this year.
The Olympic double medal winner launched his fundraising drive on Thursday following a state luncheon with H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and First Lady Janet Kataaha Museveni.
At the launch, Cheptegei expressed his desires of raising UGX 1.7 billion over 100 days for the construction of a world-class hostel facility with fitness and other related equipment.
In addition to that, the center that is already fitted with an Olympics size track would also bear a museum to “attract both tourists and teach the values and ethics of Ugandan athletes.”
Speaking at the rewarding event organized by MTN on Friday, MTN CEO Wim Vanhelleputte revealed the contribution to the drive.
”Double Tokyo Olympic medalist Cheptegei launched a fundraising drive for a training facility and MTN has decided to give 100,000,000shs towards this cause,” he said.
“This is in addition to the 100M that we donated to Cheptegei’s foundation back in Feb.”
The gesture falls in line with the one-year sponsorship deal MTN and Cheptegei signed in February that includes a performance package if he won Olympic Gold or any other medal in Tokyo.
MTN Uganda has been consistent in supporting athletics since entering a partnership with Uganda Athletics Federation in 2004.
Support has been rendered through various grass-root athletics programs, the most prominent being the MTN Kampala Marathon.