The other nominees include Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge who also won gold in the Olympics marathon, Norway’s Karsten Warholm who also won gold in 400m hurdles at the Olympics, US’s Ryan Crouser, and Sweden’s Pole Mondo Duplantis.
Cheptegei has been nominated alongside other five international athletes who include USA’s Basketball player LeBron James, Poland’s football player Robert Lewandowski who plays for German club Bayern Munich, Spain’s Tennis player Rafael Nadal, United Kingdom’s Motor racer Lewis Hamilton, and Swedish pole vaulter Armand Duplantis.
On Sunday by 7pm all social places had been filled to capacity waiting to see Cheptegei compete in the 10,000m final. At Glorious church ministries which was filled to capacity, prayers were conducted for Cheptegei.
The Chief de Mission of Ugandas team at the just concluded Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia, Beatrice Ayikoru has called on Government to establish programs that motivates athletes to stay in Uganda and avoid disappearing abroad.