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Commonwealth Games medalists speak out on expectations from government

Uganda’s medalists at the Commonwealth Games have spoken out on their expectations from the government.

Photo montage of Uganda's Commonwealth Games medalists

Uganda bagged five medals at the games; three gold medals from Victor Kiplangat in the men’s marathon and Jacob Kiplimo’s double victory in the men’s 10,000m and 5,000m finals.

The bronze medals were won by Teddy Nakimuli in boxing and Peruth Chemutai in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase finals.

The athletes arrived at Entebbe International Airport after the impressive performance with expectations for their performance.

Speaking on arrival, Nakimuli, who became the first woman to win a medal in boxing says she trusts in the leadership and its interest in recognizing the value of sportsmen.


“Our government is led by leaders who recognize the value of what we have done for the nation, therefore we will accept any prize they decide to give us”, she said.

“I am going to be very busy serving my country. I’m not continue to sit down and take a break. It’s only going to get more serious after this”.

“I am very happy and appreciate what Muhangi has done. The boxing champions league is where this all started and I’m very grateful to him, our coaches and trainers who have been with us from day one”.

Men’s marathon champion Victor Kiplangat noted that he will appreciate any offers from the government for their achievements.

“So far for me I don`t know what is the plan but I believe they will do something for us”, he said.


Jacob Kiplimo and Peruth Chemutai are no strangers to the giving hand of the government. The two were recipients of luxurious cars after their Olympics victory.


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