Kiprotich Honoured As Athlete Of The Year


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The Uganda Athletics Federations (UAF) at their annual awards gala held at Serena Hotel last Saturday named Kiprotich the biggest sports personality of the year 2013.

The other contenders: Kiplimo, who won the World Mountain Running Championships gold in Poland in September and Kiprop, who finished sixth in the New York marathon and seventh in Moscow each received cash prizes of Shs 0.75m.

Stella Chesang’s renowned for her impressive show in the World Youth Championships in Ukraine was crowned the best female athlete.

Denis Opio, who won a double at the National championships in the 100m and 200m categories respectively, also received the upcoming male award.

While meeting the athletes at Rwakitura, President Yoweri Museveni as such promised Shs 5m per month to every Ugandan athlete who wins Gold at the International or continental level, Silver Shs 3m, bronze Shs 1m, also monthly.

According to Ms Sarah Kagingo, the President’s Special Assistant for Communications, President Museveni also directed the Ministry of Education and Sports to construct a high-altitude training facility for athletes in Kapchorwa.

“The facility; part of Government’s plan to build internal capacity to train sportsmen, will enable several young people to exploit their talents. Utilities, electricity and water, have been connected to the site,” she noted.

Kagingo urged the delegates, who comprised athletes from all regions in Uganda and their coaches, at a dinner held in their favour “to avoid HIV AIDS”.

The dinner was also attended by the President of the Uganda Olympic Committee, William Blick.

Awarding ceremony:

Winner: Stephen Kiprotich

1st Runner Up: P.Kiplimo

2nd Runner up: Jackson Kiprop

Upcoming athletes

Male: Denis Opio

Female: Stella Chesang


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