20 August 2012

The new Olympic marathon gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich is returning home to Uganda as an International Inspiration ambassador, to promote the importance of sport to young people.

"In Uganda, we still have the stigma that sport is not good," he says.

"Many people want to excel in academics and do not see the link between doing well in school and sport. Sport has given me self-esteem and the opportunity to travel. I have been trained by coaches around the world, which has made a great impact on me."

UNICEF is working with the Ugandan government, UK Sport and the British Council through International Inspiration to promote sport at school and use it to educate young people about issues like HIV and AIDS.

Stephen will join former British Olympians Denise Lewis and Colin Jackson as ambassadors for the first social legacy programme of an Olympic Games.

The International Inspiration programme has been running in Uganda since 2011 and aims to enrich the lives of 1 million children and young people through increased access to high quality and inclusive PE and play in both schools and communities. 

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New International Inspiration Ambassador Stephen Kiprotich became only the second Ugandan in history to win an Olympic gold. Now he wants to encourage more young Ugandans to take up sports.  © International Inspiration
New International Inspiration Ambassador Stephen Kiprotich became only the second Ugandan in history to win an Olympic gold. Now he wants to encourage more young Ugandans to take up sports.© International Inspiration

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