Cheptegei’s promotion to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police will not only boost his performance, but it will also inspire many others.
Multiple gold medalist, Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei has been recommended for promotion from the rank of Inspector of Police (IP) to Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) in the Uganda Police.
The recommendation was made by the Police Advisory Committee following Cheptegei’s recent success in Athletics that saw him break four world records in long-distance running competitions.
According to Fred Enanga the police spokesperson who confirmed the news on Monday, Cheptegei’s promotion to the next rank will not only boost his performance, but it will also inspire many other young police athletes into excelling in their fields.
“Once again we would like to congratulate him for the exceptional accomplishments. We believe his promotion to the next rank will not only boost his performance, but will inspire many other young police athletes into excelling in their fields,” Enanga said.
Also, he said that there are plans to rename a facility at the Police training centre in Kapchorwa and the Police Training School at Kabalye, Masindi in honour of Cheptegei’s achievement.
“The IGP who is the Chairperson of the PAC made the announcement to honor the athlete on Wednesday, 21.10.2020 during the meeting. He in addition, tasked the Director of Logistics and Engineering to allocate a Double Cabin Pick-up and a Coaster Mini-bus to the Police Athletics team to support their training in Kapchorwa in fulfillment of his earlier pledge.”
Meanwhile, Cheptegei’s new rank is a middle management position in the Uganda Police. Usually, Assistant Superintendents of Police are the Heads of Station, Heads of sections at the District level, or District Human Resource Officers.
His promotion comes following a recent victory in Valencia that saw him break the long-standing 10,000-metre world record with a time of 26mins 11.00 seconds lowering the previous mark of 26 minutes 17.53 seconds set by Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele in 2005 in Brussels.
This was Cheptegei’s fourth success achieved in a space of less than a year after breaking the 10km road record in December last year, the 5km record in February 2020 in addition to the 5000m record on August, 14 in Monaco where he clocked 12min 35.35sec.
Meanwhile, the record-breaking merchant will now have his eyes set on the Olympics gold medal come 2021, where he aims to smash the Olympics Records for the 5000m and 10,000m.