MTN Uganda has rewarded athlete Joshua Cheptegei for his recent exploits at the Monaco Diamond League meet, where he set a new 5000 metres world record of 12:35.36, breaking Kenenisa Bekele’s 16-year old world record of 12:37.35.

In recognition of this milestone, MTN Uganda has offered a cash prize of UGX 123, 536,000 and a telecommunication package of 12GB of data, 35 voice minutes and 36 SMS per month for twelve months. Both prizes symbolize the new 12.35.36 world record time.

Speaking at the handover ceremony at Mbale Resort Hotel, MTN Uganda CEO Wim Vanhelleputte paid tribute to Joshua.

“In sport, recognizing and rewarding milestones is widely accepted as an essential motivation in getting athletes to reach their peak potential. And so, as Joshua continues to take on other sporting challenges, Uganda ought to recognize and celebrate this remarkable achievement.” MTN Uganda CEO Wim Vanhelleputte.

Joshua Cheptegei says that he is thankful to MTN for supporting athletics in Uganda.