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Uhuru’s Plum Cash Rewards For Africa-Conquering Kenyan Athletes


Uhuru announced cash rewards of Ksh1 million, Ksh750,000, and Ksh500,000 for the athletes who got gold, silver, and bronze medals respectively. 

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday, August 16 rewarded the Kenyan athletes who topped the whole of Africa in the just-concluded 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Uhuru announced cash rewards of Ksh1 million, Ksh750,000, and Ksh500,000 for the athletes who got gold, silver, and bronze medals respectively. 

The Head of State further announced a uniform token of Ksh200,000 that will go to all athletes and officials, including the Paralympics team who are set to participate in the delayed Summer Games between the end of August and early September. 

President Uhuru Kenyatta with the Kenyan athletes who impressed in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. /PSCU

The President thanked the Olympians for their outstanding performances that saw Kenya top the African medal chart, as well as rank 19th in the world, and challenged the sporting fraternity to ensure the country continues to excel on the global stage.

Uhuru’s reward followed the government succumbing to pressure from Kenyans with regards to how the athletes were received when they flew into the country on Thursday, August 12 following the conclusion of the games. They were received by senior officials from the Ministry of Sports at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

Sports Principal Secretary Joe Okudo invited the athletes on Friday, August 13 to breakfast at a top Nairobi hotel where they had spent the night after their return from the games.

Olympic marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir, silver medallist Brigid Kosgei, and marathoner Lawrence Cherono, who came in fourth in the men’s race were welcomed home to song and dance by Kenya Utamaduni dancers. This followed a massive uproar from Kenyans on social media on Wednesday, August 11 over how the athletes were poorly received after their impressive show in the competition.

They particularly tore into the Ministry after they failed to accord the athletes a king’s welcome having emerged successfully in the athletics section of the games, a feat that saved the country from blushes it had experienced in other sports they were involved in.

They wondered just how Olympic marathon champion and World Record Holder, Eliud Kipchoge, flew into the country only to be received by family members and friends at the airport. Kipchoge stormed the race on Sunday, August 8 to retain his Olympic title.

Earlier on Thursday, August 12, the government, through spokesperson Cyrus Oguna had explained that the first batch of Team Kenya Olympic athletes was not given the rousing reception due to the COVID-19 measures and protocols put in place.

Col. Oguna had said that the team, including Kipchoge, who obliterated his competition on Sunday on his way to retaining his Olympic gold medal and earning plaudits across the world, would not be welcomed like a champion for fear of drawing large crowds.

President Uhuru Kenyatta with the Kenyan athletes who impressed in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. /PSCU



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