Choppies Enterprise Limited has rewarded Commonwealth Games medalists for their heroic exploits at the Gold Coast 2018 games. The retail giant on Monday presented P285, 000 to the athletes.
The biggest beneficiary on the day was the 400 m champion, Isaac Makwala who walked away with a total of P75, 000 with P50, 000 being for winning a gold medal in the 400 m race and P25, 000 for gold he won in the 400mx4 relay.
Makwala’s teammates in the relay, Baboloki Thebe, Leaname Maotoanong and Onkabetse Nkobolo all walked away with P25, 000 each for the gold medal in the relay race.
Furthermore, Thebe received P25, 000 for the silver medal in the 400 m race after coming second to Makwala. Amantle Montsho received P50, 000 for having won gold in the 400 m ladies race.
The ladies relay team – which was composed of Montsho, Christine Botlogetswe, Loungo Matlhaku and Gaefele Moroko – was given a total of P60, 000 to share among themselves, meaning each will get P15, 000.
Choppies CEO, Ramachandran Ottapathu, said this gesture was a token of appreciation from the group to the athletes for having made the country proud. He said this was part of their corporate social responsibility and another way to show commitment to sport.
He urged the athletes to continue with their hard work, saying they should now prepare for the 2020 Olympics in which more incentives will be provided.
Sports minister Thapelo Olopeng thanked Choppies for giving incentives to the athletes, adding that Choppies has been involved in sports as it recently unveiled an over P3 million sponsorship for youth male national teams. The company has also in the past sponsored marathons.
Olopeng appreciated Choppies’ contribution to sports, saying preparations for the 2020 Olympics would begin now.
The sports minister acknowledged the finance challenges they are facing, saying if the budget permitted, they would offer the athletes far more for outstanding performances.