Kenyan athletes who triumphed within the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games include a map to smile.
On Monday, President Uhuru Kenyatta met their representatives and launched his authorities is offering cash rewards.
Each gold medalist will salvage Ksh1 million, Ksh750,000 for silver medalists while bronze medalists will salvage Ksh500,000.
Tokyo 2020 Olympics
“President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday got representatives of the triumphant Kenyan contingent to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and launched cash rewards of Shs 1 million, 750,000 and 500,000 for Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists respectively,” Issue Apartment said in a assertion.
Uhuru furthermore launched a further cash prize of Ksh200,000 for all athletes and officers, including the Paralympics group, participating in delayed Summer season Video games.
The Head of Issue lauded the Kenyan group that took segment within the Olympics. He said that they made Kenya proud by posting stellar performances on the now-concluded Olympics.
“The President thanked the Olympians for their powerful performances that saw Kenya high the African medal chart, and challenged the carrying fraternity to be particular that the country continues to excel on the global stage. #TeamKenyaFlag of Kenya #Tokyo2020 #YouAreTheReason,” Issue Apartment Kenya added.
Kenya clinched 4 gold medals, 4 silver medals, and a pair of bronze medals. Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge and Religion Kipyegon (1,500m) introduced gold abet dwelling from Tokyo.
Other gold medalists encompass Emmanuel Korir (800m) and Peres Jepchirchir. Hellen Obiri (5,000m) introduced abet dwelling a silver medal besides Ferguson Rotich (800m).
Timothy Cheruiyot (1,500m), and Brigid Kosgei secured a silver medal each and every as neatly.
President Uhuru launched the rewards days after a huge uproar by Kenyans. The authorities modified into castigated for failing to honor her athletes despite their onerous work within the tracks.
This came after Uganda closely gifted Tokyo 2020 Olympic games medalist.
The Yoweri Museveni-led authorities made a monthly salary pledge of $45,787 to Peruth Chemutai who clinched a gold medal within the ladies’s 3000m steeplechase.
Silver medalists will stroll dwelling with $27,472 while bronze medalists will defend dwelling $9,157.
On high of it all, they may be able to receive a excessive-cease vehicle to ease their perambulate courtesy of the authorities.
In a assertion on Wednesday when he got the champions abet dwelling, Museveni said he made the promise in 2013 and he’s going to retain it.
He said that it has no longer been honored within the previous but is making reparations with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and righting the wrongs.
“I made an snarl in 2013 that any one who wins gold at a continental level, commonwealth or Olympics could seemingly also simply aloof be paid Shs5m monthly the total time and Shs1 million for silver and bronze,” he said.
The finalists encompass Chemutai, Joshua Cheptegei (Gold), Jacob Kiplimo (bronze). Others are Winnie Nanyondo and Halima Nakaayi.
Museveni said his earlier pledge modified into gruesome because officers said they are paying quarterly while he supposed monthly.
He furthermore said the total arrears each and every of the successful athletes include would per chance be cleared by his authorities.
“I modified into told they are being paid quarterly. I didn’t suppose quarterly. I talk English thoroughly. All their arrears would per chance be paid. …what they’d seemingly also simply aloof had been paid. And since I’m now a truly elated man. I will give each and every of these medalist a vehicle. I will manufacture for their fogeys a rental each and every,” the Ugandan President said.