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Haile Gebrselassie, other athletes protest at Ethiopia federation

Elias Meseret, Associated Press
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Distance running great Haile Gebrselassiewas part of a group of athletes who protested against the Ethiopian track federation on Tuesday.
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The athletes were protesting the federation’s selection process for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Gebrselassie was part of a group of more than 100 athletes who gathered outside the National Stadium in Addis Ababa.
Gebrselassie told The Associated Press that the federation was “marred with incompetency.” He was protesting against, among other things, the exclusion of Kenenisa Bekele from the marathon team for the games.
Bekele, the 5,000 and 10,000 meters world-record holder, was also present. Both he and Gebrselassie addressed the athletes.
A number of other athletes have complained about their exclusion from Ethiopia’s Olympic team, claiming that the selection process is unfair.

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13 Comments

  1. As Ethiopians we have more and serious problems to address. Weather the athletes participated or not this is not a burning issue. All our problems including of this kind will be resolved when Ethiopia gets proper and democratic government.

    • Ethiopia has a government with exceptional economic performance, peace stability and representation of the mass.

  2. There many young men and young women better than gebresellsse and kanissa . Leave the new generation . Gebresellsse ans Kenisa you guys done a lot for Ethiopian and its people , you guys are our Heros , we love you and thanks you what you done for Ethiopia , but this is the time to leave it for the new younger generation,

  3. bini and Abreham Ayele.
    Our athletes have a right to protest. They are exercising their democratic right. Don’t try to give them order or philosophical advice….we have a lot of people like you and few like our athletes

  4. Get TPLF out of our national affair. As far as TPLF remains on power, they should run for other countries.

  5. These athletes don’t owe the government anything. They made it through their hard work despite all the hardship they face, some of which are man made.
    The marathon roaster is not the only area we should be looking at. It is the middle distance races where Ethiopia has been having successes. That is where we should be paying attention. That is where most of the discrimination has been happening. The federation should release the lists of those athletes and we will see how rotten the system to its core.

  6. These athletes don’t owe the government anything. They made it through their hard work despite all the hardship they face, some of which are man made.
    The marathon roaster is not the only area we should be looking at. It is the middle distance races where Ethiopia has been having successes. That is where we should be paying attention. That is where most of the discrimination has been happening. The federation should release the lists of those athletes and we will see how rotten the system is to its core.

  7. Are the officials of the athletics federation not satisfied with the amount of foreign currency that you are forced to give them. The door should be open for negotiation. My dear athletes, you know that there is no free lunch. They want a share of the pancake that lead you to a class of millionaires from barefoot peasant boys. You are closer to Ethiopia’s political system and you know that this is the order of the day – high level corruption!

  8. To have a better country everbody has to do his part. This situation concerns at most the athlets. They have done what they can.There should be a clear rule. If the rule says millionaire athelets can not take part, it were OK to exclude the rich athlets. But there are no rules at all

  9. 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.”

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