The Olympic champion, 5000m and 1000m world record holder make the remarks while hosting a group of young athletes from the localities of Sebei region at a function in Kapchorwa town.
Cheptegei gifts young stars running shoes, reveals plans to make Uganda an athletics fortress
2022 World Athletics 10,000m champion, Joshua Cheptegei has revealed grand vision to make Uganda an athletics fortress.
Cheptegi gifted the young athletes running shoes. The group were part of the team that recently excelled at the secondary school athletics competitions, a grass-root national programme for budding stars.
“Our intention is very clear. We hope to make Uganda an athletics fortress, and this can only be achieved by grooming the young talent. Our president Joshua Cheptegei met athletes of our club and gave some running shoes", his organisation Joshua Cheptegei Development Foundation stated.
"The shoes were given out as part of our congratulatory message for the stellar performance in the just concluded secondary school athletics competitions".
The accomplished athlete is also constructing a high-altitude training facility.
Despite missing out on defending the Commonwealth games 10,000m and 5,000m titles, due to injury, Cheptegei joined the exclusive league of Ethiopian greats Haile Gebrselassie, Kenenisa Bekele and British track and field legend Mo Farah - the only humans to have won back-to-back world 10,000m championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Olympics champion Selemon Barega, World champion Joshua Cheptegei, Jacob Kiplimo, diminutive Rodgers Kwemoi, Worku, Aregawi, Waithaka Mburu, Ahmed Mohammed and more - the men's 10,000m finals at the World Athletics Championship, 2022 Eugene,Oregon, USA produced one of the most intensive races in history.
In the homestretch, Joshua Cheptegei broke off in a fascinating 53.4 dash and posted 27:77:43 as Kenya’s Stanley Mburu and Jacob Kiplimo (27.27.93) ensued an all East African podium.