Haile Gebrselassie Ethiopia’s new athletics president?

Ethiopian athletics legend Haile Gebrselassie. PHOTO | GLOBAL SPORTS COMMUNICATION |

Ethiopian athletics legend Haile Gebrselassie. PHOTO | GLOBAL SPORTS COMMUNICATION |

 In Summary

  • Haile Gebrselassie, arguably the world’s greatest distance runner of all time, will this weekend be running a different race – that of gunning for the presidency of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF).
  • The federation’s elections will be held on Sunday in Addis Ababa. Born in Asella, Arsi zone of Ethiopia’s Oromiya region in 1973, Gebrselassie won the 5,000 and 10,000 metres titles at the World Junior Championships in Seoul, South Korea, in 1992.
  • Besides his athletics career, Haile Gebrselassie is a businessman and employs more than 2,000 people in his businesses that include real estate projects, four hotels and a coffee plantation.

(Daily Nation) –Haile Gebrselassie, arguably the world’s greatest distance runner of all time, will this weekend be running a different race – that of gunning for the presidency of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF).

The federation’s elections will be held on Sunday in Addis Ababa. Born in Asella, Arsi zone of Ethiopia’s Oromiya region in 1973, Gebrselassie won the 5,000 and 10,000 metres titles at the World Junior Championships in Seoul, South Korea, in 1992.

He then won two Olympic 10,000m gold medals, four outdoor world titles along with numerous big city marathons.

“Athletics changed my life completely and I’m thankful for that,” Gebrselassie said through his management company, Global Sports Communications of Nijmegen, Netherlands, on Wednesday.

“I have gained a lot of experience throughout my athletics career and now it is time to give back to my country and sport.

“I’m looking forward to use this experience and work together with all the people involved in EAF to bring Ethiopian athletics to a higher level,” he added.

Gebrselassie was recently honoured with a lifetime achievement award by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) and will be recognised at the fourth annual AIMS awards dinner in Athens next Friday.

Along with his numerous track titles and records, Gebrselassie won four straight Berlin Marathon titles between 2006 and 2009, setting world records in 2007 and 2008.

In June, Gebrselassie led fellow athletes in a protest march to the EAF offices in Addis Ababa, irked by the federation’s Olympic selection criteria that locked marathon star Kenenisa Bekele out of the Rio Games.

The EAF is currently chaired by long-serving female sports administrator Bisrat Gashawtena whose deputy is Nega Gebre-Egziabher.

In his stellar career, Gebrselassie clocked 27 world records and 61 Ethiopian records alongside his two Olympic gold medals and eight world championship titles.

Besides his athletics career, Haile Gebrselassie is a businessman and employs more than 2,000 people in his businesses that include real estate projects, four hotels and a coffee plantation.

Gebrselassie is also the distributor for Hyundai vehicles in Ethiopia and is also a United Nations goodwill ambassador. He has also built several schools in his residential area.

Increasingly, Ethiopian athletes are easing themselves into management positions in the country’s sport, with respected multiple Olympic and World silver medallist Sileshi Sihine also vocal of the sport’s management.

Sihine is also former World and Olympic 10,000m and 5,000m champion Tirunesh Dibaba’s husband.

11 Responses to Haile Gebrselassie Ethiopia’s new athletics president?

  1. Mormor November 3, 2016 at 9:43 am #

    hAILE GEBRE SILLASE A tplf OF DOUBLE SPIONAGE.wHO USED TO SPY ON ATHLETS DURINBG mILITARY REGIME AND AS THE SAME TIME PASS INFORMATION TO TGRAY tplf AND BUILT UNDETR GROUND CELL IN ADIS ABABA.

  2. Whitestar November 3, 2016 at 11:00 am #

    That smile is freaky, anyway he is great marathon runner I will give him that.

    • Tuli November 8, 2016 at 5:08 am #

      Yes it’s a pitty nobody tells him that

  3. Mormor November 3, 2016 at 3:19 pm #

    He has blood of many eritrean origins in athletic community during dergue and as many oromo blood at this time of his tigray tplf rule.

  4. The stormchaser November 3, 2016 at 6:56 pm #

    Another useless oromo with a Amhara name lol.

    • Whitestar November 4, 2016 at 7:54 pm #

      Bro insulting and generalizing is always bad idea.

  5. Tuli November 4, 2016 at 5:32 am #

    The stormcahser

    What do you have about his ethnic background? Why not comment about his personality? Since there is a lot to say about this guy. No body cares if he is Oromo or Tigre, Amhara etc?

  6. Mormor November 4, 2016 at 9:36 am #

    Tuli,he is Tigray tplf has nothing to do with oromo ,once he he or she is participants in blood shading.Actually he is not an Oromo ,for sure he is Tigray tplf from the time of dergue who built underground cell for tplf and smuggled tplf assassins into the country. \

    • Tuli November 8, 2016 at 5:12 am #

      Mormor, I really don’t now much about him. Nor I’m interested. Nothing about him attracts me.

  7. Oromian bateleur November 4, 2016 at 12:38 pm #

    The stormchaser

    Mind only your Somali business

  8. Mormor November 7, 2016 at 2:56 pm #

    its easier to get top positions once he is from Tigray TPLF and been hunch man spied on people in various social and sports community..
    How many more people he is ready to have them disappeared .
    Haile Gebresillase must face justice like any other tplf members have blood in their hands and

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