‘I came here to become an Olympic Champion and my dream has been fulfilled today.’ Remarked Olympic Champion Joshua Cheptegei on winning the Men’s 5000m final at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games, sealing his mark as the Greatest of All Times.

Joshua who also won a silver medal in the 10,000m event to make complete a successful sports profile that also includes Four World Records in 5000m, 10000m 5Km and 15Km, Two Gold Commonwealth Games Medals, 1 World Championships Gold Medal, 1 World Cross Country Championships Gold Medal, 1 World Junior Championships Gold and many others accolades at national, continental and international level.

Jacob Kiplimo equally clinched a silver medal in the Men’s 10,000m event and Peruth Chemutai lifted a Gold Medal in the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase. Team Uganda bagged a total of 4 medals (2 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze) to finish 36th position overall and 2nd in Africa, the best Olympic performance by Uganda at the Olympic Games since 1956.

In the last of the Team Uganda events at the Olympics, Winnie Nanyondo finished 7th with a Seasons Best time of 3:59.80 in the 1500m women’s finals, while Mercyline Chelangat clocked 33:10.90 to finish in 24th position in the women’s 10000m finals.

Fred Musobo and Filex Chemongesi clocked 2:18:39 and 2:20:53 in 44th and 51st positions respectively in the Men's Marathon while 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Stephen Kiprotich did not finish the race.

And in the Women’s Marathon, Immaculate Chemutai and Juliet Chekwel completed in positions 16th 2:32:23 and 69th in 2:53:40 respectively at the Sapporo Odori Park.

With the successful completion of the Tokyo Olympic Games, Uganda now looks to the participating in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games from the 24th August to 05th September 2021 still in the city of Tokyo, Japan

On 06th August 2021, the Minister of State for Sports, Hon. Denis Hamson Obua accompanied by NCS Chairman, Dr. Donald Rukare and NCS General Secretary, Dr. Patrick Ogwel and other Uganda government dignitaries held a successful bilateral meeting with H.E Milan Hidehiro, the Parliamentary Vice Minister of Japan for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Tokyo Japan.

Discussions on issues of Cooperation between the Government of Uganda and Japan in the fields of education, sports, agriculture, trade, technology, trade, infrastructure were held with Hon. Obua calling upon the Japan government to invest more in Uganda.

Government of Uganda is looking forward for further cooperation and support towards multi-purpose sports infrastructure development based on Japan’s quality infrastructural model and further strengthening PES in Uganda based on the participatory approach based on the parish development model.

Hon. Obua thanked the Japan Government for the excellent hospitality and organisation of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in Tokyo Japan.

Saturday, August 7, 2021