Ugandan athlete Stephen Kiprotich has said he is very bothered about maintaining his fitness levels but not the money he has received after his triumph at the 2012 London Olympics.
On August 12, Kiprotich won Uganda a gold medal in the 42-km marathon to break the 40 year jinx since the late John Akii Bua won at the 1972 Munich Olympics. His triumph attracted money offers from government, corporate bodies, institutions and individuals, turning the then humble Prisons Warder into a millionaire.
He has been hosted to a number of parties including one by President Yoweri Museveni, who offered him 200 million shillings and promised to build a house for his parents.
Kiprotich was also appointed Youth Ambassador of International Inspirations by the British High Commission in Uganda, to inspire the youth in the country. As a Youth Ambassador he joined the ranks of World renowned footballer David Beckham and former British world record athlete Colin Jackson.
The athlete, who is also in the process of being promoted nine ranks to Assistant Superintendent of Prisons, is set to receive up to 300 million shillings from corporate companies that following a fundraising campaign launched by The New Vision.
But Kiprotich told Uganda Radio Network on Thursday night that he cannot wait to resume training. He says he wants to rest before any big race, but he has to remain fit.
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The soft spoken Kirprotich who was accompanied by his wife, Patricia Cherop and manager Godfrey Nuwagaba, said he has a lot going through his head in terms of training and remaining at the top because he wants to retain the gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. To the athlete from Kapchorwa, winning is one thing, but maintaining it is not easy.