Joshua Cheptegei (third from left) with Pastor Robert Kayanja

Founder and senior pastor of Miracle Centre Cathedral Robert Kayanja is closely associated to sports development in the country.

Prior to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, Kayanja is remembered to have hosted, blessed and financially supported three boxers on team Uganda.

Recently, the famed man of God hosted world athlete champion Joshua Cheptegei at the Miracle Centre Cathedral in Rubaga, Kampala city.

Pastor Robert Kayanja and Joshua Cheptegei
Joshua Cheptegei and Pastor Robert Kayanja (left)

The visit came days after the Cheptegei had triumphed in the 10KM Cannes road race in France.

A born again Christian, Cheptegei had gone to seek mentorship from the pastor who won the Worldsavers man of the year gong and VIGA merit award.

The legendary long distance runner also optimally utilized the platform and opportunity to officially invite pastor Kayanja for a visit to the multi sports training facility in Kapchorwa.

The Joshua Cheptegei training centre is located in Kwoti Sub-county, Kapchorwa District, just more than a kilometer from the government’s high altitude training centre.

Joseph Cheptegei speaking during the press conference at Serena International Hotel in Kampala

The proposed training and high performance facility will target world-class standards and will have a standard running track, a gym, lodging facilities for local and international athletes, a sports museum, administrative building, dining hall, sports medical centre, camping site and an agro-tourism extension.

So far, the facility construction and development is in the final bend with a standard running track, startup accommodation for athletes and a basic gymnasium already in place.

Joshua Cheptegei celebrates with his Olympic gold medal in the 5000M during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. Credit: Christel Saneh

Being an uphill task, a fundraising campaign is ongoing to see Cheptegei’s dream come to life and through such partnerships with influential people like Pastor Kayanja, the future is bright.

The quest for sports facilities in the country as a means of helping talent scouting and development is one of the reasons why Cheptegei thought of this idea, to set a legacy and possibly make ends meet when he retires from active athletics business.

Joshua Cheptegei in action during a competitive race

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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