- President Uhuru Kenyatta announced each of the athletes who won a medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will get a cash reward
- All gold medalists are set to pocket KSh 1 million each, KSh 750,000 for the silver medalists; those who won bronze are expected to take home KSh 500,000
- Team Kenya earned 10 medals during the Games, with four of those being golds, four silvers and two bronze medals
- Eliud Kipchoge and Faith Kipyegon are among the athletes who shone, with the former successfully defending his Olympic crown
President Uhuru Kenyatta has finally rewarded Team Kenya athletes who won medals during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Kenya bagged 10 medals during the postponed Summer Games, including four golds, four silvers, and two bronze medals.
A statement from State House confirmed President Kenyatta received representatives of Team Kenya on Monday, August 16, with the head of state using the occasion to announce cash rewards for the participants who shone at the Summer Games.
Gold medalists are set to pocket KSh 1 million each, with those who won silver expected to take home KSh 750,000.
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Meanwhile, those who finished third in their respective disciplines will get a cash prize of KSh 500,000 each.
“President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday received representatives of the triumphant Kenyan contingent to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and announced cash rewards of Shs 1 million, 750,000 and 500,000 for Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists respectively,” State House said in a tweet.
“The President thanked the Olympians for their outstanding performances that saw Kenya top the African medal chart, and challenged the sporting fraternity to ensure the country continues to excel on the global stage,” the statement added.
Team Kenya cold reception
The decision by President Kenyatta to reward Team Kenya athletes came amid criticism from a section of Kenyans who expressed concern about the athletes’ treatment after they jetted back to the country.
Unlike their Ugandan counterparts, Team Kenya athletes were accorded a cold reception on their return to the country, with the government saying the team was not accorded a grand welcome due to COVID-19.
“It was a proud moment and people tend to get carried away by such. Covid-19 protocols had to be observed even at the airport,” government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna was quoted saying.
Botswana Olympic medalists rewarded
Earlier, TUKO.co.ke reported each member of Botswana’s relay team that won bronze during the just concluded 2020 Tokyo Olympics was rewarded with a two-bedroom house.
The team finished third in the men’s 4×400 metres relay final to win Botswana’s only medal at the Summer Games.
Incidentally, the medal was the southern African country’s second in their history, having won the first one during the London 2012 Games through Nijel Amos who finished second in the men’s 800m to clinch silver.