By Watchdog reporter
The hopes of 35 millions to win a medal at Rio16, rested on the shoulders of one man. Stephen Kiprotich, who was the reigning marathon champion, was the man.
His colleagues, Solomon Mutai and Jackson Kiprop had hopes to upset the world stage. And indeed, Mutai came 8th, a very promising position for the man from a country that almost puts in nothing to win anything in any sport. Sadly, Uganda had zero medals this time round.
It was instead another glorious day for the neighbours, Kenyans, as Eliud Kipchoge bagged the gold in the marathon. Kenyans and Ethiopians are kings of long distance running.
Immediately, Kenyans jammed social media, to congratulate their home boys.
However, for Ugandans, one by one, logged out, and in usual fashion, threw the blame on their government for frustrating the country’s sportsmen.
Solomon Mutai, Jackson Kiprop, anf Stephen Kiprotich might have hoped to do their best, at the last race of the games, but like other Ugandans that went out before, the story is the same. Kiprotich came a distant 14th, a poor showing for the reigning champion. But there are miracles here, no one should blame Kip.
For instance, UK invested £340 million in four years for preparations towards Rio16. And they are number two on the medals table.
That’s how serious countries prepare for the world stage.
Now that Ugandans on social media are silent, let them start pressuring their government to sow into sports, and then demand results.