PHOTO: MTN Uganda, Chief Executive Officer Win Vanhelleputte and Joshua Cheptegei.
Over the years, MTN Uganda has been the most consistent telecommunication company towards the growth of support to Ugandan athletes locally from Ugandan citizens. They also have an impressive history of sponsoring sports entities like Kampala City Council Authority and Onduparaka Football Club, Uganda Cranes, Heathens Rugby Club.
At a press conference held on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at the Mbale City, Eastern Uganda, Uganda’s leading telecommunications company MTN Uganda announced a one-year sponsorship deal with reigning World Record holder Joshua Cheptegei.
The “Joshua Cheptegei Foundation” working to develop and provide a platform for young and rising athletes from the Sebei Region has been allocated UGX 100,000,000 as part of the sponsorship package. It will cater for academic scholarships for the best performing athletes and community programs, which includes entrepreneurial skills training.
The deal also includes a performance incentive for any other world records that he breaks – if he wins an Olympic Gold, or any other medal at the reputable event within 2021 as part of the sponsorship package.
Win Vanhelleputte said that the company could not hide its joy after several years of investment in the sport of athletics started bearing fruit in significant ways such as Joshua Cheptegei’s.
He continues to say that MTN Uganda is very proud and honoured to announce this sponsorship deal for Joshua. At MTN, this is the next best thing we can do after several years of investment in developing athletics talent and sport in this Country. Through the renowned MTN Kampala Marathon & other Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) programs, MTN has supported the sport for over 15 years, and it is paying off. What Joshua is doing for the Country is awesome and deserves to be recognized especially by his country. The MTN Uganda Chief Executive Officer Win Vanhelleputte Said.
Joshua Cheptegei expressed humanity for receiving this sponsorship from MTN Uganda saying that it is a great boost for his Olympic dream. He took this joy to his official twitter Page (@joshuacheptege1) and tweeted:
I am delighted and honored to announce my partnership with @mtnug
— Joshua Cheptegei 🇺🇬🇺🇬 🥇🥇 (@joshuacheptege1) February 20, 2021