Ethiopian Runners Say They Face Discrimination

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(NPR)— When Ethiopia barred its best distance runner from competing in the 2016 Olympics, many saw it as an act of ethnic discrimination. Another runner from the same ethnic group says he was exiled.

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  1. If this a word from Kenenisa ? he will loose my respect.
    I see it as cheap ,divisive and narrow minded analysis. Completely out of touch.
    So sad politics has gone this low and garbage.

    • LOL you lose respect. Asif you respect him. You respect that he carry the flag that is subjugating the people.

    • Hi bra…you are narrow mindede on yourself…he talked what he faced. So you wanna him keep silent or fake praising hiding the fact. Openbyour mind. Dude

  2. Abe, I think you are block minded, chained EPRDF servant. Discrimination has many forms. Why don’t you check how many Generals, General managers & people in key positions through out the country are from the “Tigray” region. If you can’t see that then you are too close to the picture of reality so you need to step back to clear the blurry vision you have right now.

  3. abe
    Is it what he said was not true or simply he should not have said it regardless of the truth? Because this complaint is not really new. We had seen in the past less qualified athletes being sent to international competitions and in some instances almost a fight broke out between some of the athletes. It is no secretes the Oromos dominate especially athletics in Ethiopia and there are groups who do not want to see that. That is not limited to the Tigrayan group. Other groups also will like to change the dominance of the Oromos if they can. I have no problem if selection is fair and square

  4. Nothing surprises me anymore – What is clear for all to see is the fact that TIGRES (TPLF/WOYANE) HAVE NO SHAME. It is the identifying characteristics of Tigres – As one person sometime ago put it, there are no words or vocabulary in the Tigre language for humility and the sense of Shame – Period!!!!
    I think we can save our old, beautiful and historic country from degenerating into deeper divisions and hatred and falling into the traps set by Meles Zenawi and his Tigre thugs. We can do this by standing up together across ethnicities and rejecting the inhumanity that is being committed by this cruel regime and its elite that is blinded by greed. There is nothing symbolic than rejecting this cruelty and barbarism against the Oromo people together. By so doing, we will all be fighting not for the rights of the Oromo people only but for ourselves and a better posterity too.

  5. To all weyanes trolling the web:
    Time to face the truth – Woyane / TPLF has failed totally and completely in its mission. Woyane is set out to destroy Ethiopia will in the end self-destruct. Ethiopians will continue to watch on the sidelines with aching hearts and bellies.
    They gnash their teeth and wag their index fingers asking themselves when the day of reckoning will finally arrive. Woyane and all Tigre accomplices know that behind the deafening silence of millions of Ethiopians and apparent passivity is boiling anger just like liquefied magma before it erupts in a volcano.
    Or perhaps it is like the proverbial finger in the dam. You can’t stop the dam from collapsing by sticking a finger in the hole of the dam. What happens when the dam finally collapses? There is no doubt about it. The day of reckoning for the Woyane and all Tigre accomplices will come “unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.”

  6. Kenenysa has to know that he , his brother and his relatives are not the only runners .
    He has lost his capacity due to old age .period .

  7. Strange?
    Which Tigrean runners are you all blabbering?
    Did you read the names or you are simply doing your best to impress ur master Shaebia? over 90% are Oromos, where is the discrimination? That’s how vague and unrealistic the elite Oromo question is.
    Fyi, read the full names representing Ethiopia.
    Full team
    Men: Tesfaye Abera (2016 Dubai winner), Lemi Berhanu (2016 Boston winner), Feyisa Lelisa (2016 Tokyo winner)
    Reserves: Kenenisa Bekele, Adhane Yemane, Lelisa Desisa
    Women: Mare Dibaba (2015 world champion), Aberu Kebede (two-time Berlin winner), Aselefech Mergia (three-time Dubai winner)
    Reserves: Tigist Tufa, Tirfi Tsegaye.
    The last person to complain about the system should be the Bekele’s. They have been proudly representing Ethiopia and directly benefiting from the system. I for one do not believe those divisive and poisonous words are that of the LEGEND.

  8. Gud.
    Where are your facts? The results of the competitions, the whole body of works an athlete does are the standard of selection for most countries. This is not a political representation of different ethnic groups of Ethiopia. In the US, we see more blacks in athletics than any other groups. Does that mean the other groups should somehow get on the team not by their achievements but for who they are? That is exactly what has been going on in Ethiopia. I guess it somehow makes the Tigrians and some other groups in secure about their position in the country they control. We remember the debate about who Abebe Bikila was and we still have that debate a good five decades after the Rome Olympic. Let us not kid ourselves. Ethnicity has always mattered in Ethiopia more than anything else.

  9. I do not believe Kenenisa said he is discriminated for being an Oromo. He has represented Ethiopia more than any other athlete. kenenisa said the selection criteria was not fair due to the time they were told about the requirement for selection. I believe there will always be discrimination and.or favoritism depending on where you came from, whom you know etc. I just do not believe this has anything with Kenenisa and he was not featured in the interview, so I do not believe this is his view. The Ethiopian Athletics cannot afford to discriminate against Oromos simply because most of the capable happened to be from Arsi area. By the way, if you look at the roster of who is going to the Olympics, it is still dominated by Oromo athletes. This is bad reporting by NPR especially about Kenenisa.

  10. This guy has other options, I doubt he is that good as he says but he can go run for the middle Eastern countries and be able to make even better money. The majority of the runners representing Ethiopia always comes from the Oromo region and they are represented well. However, I have no doubt that there is a discrimination at all level in Ethiopia today.

  11. ohh no GOD people are really get narrow minded.this man didn’t say I am promo then I am discriminated but you guys put it up and down. who ever he is according to his current capacity to win he is an Ethiopian.and we wish good luck for our runners.

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