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Ridiculed Ethiopian Swimmer to Compete at the World Swimming Championships

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The best is yet to come. Ethiopia’s ridiculed ‘swimmer’ said he has not given up on his swimming career yet despite ridiculed mercilessly by critics for his embarrassing body shape and performance at Rio Olympics.

By Reuters,

After being ridiculed because of his body shape in the recently concluded Rio Olympics, Ethiopian swimmer Robel Kiros Habte [aka Robel the Whale] has not given up on his swimming career.

Critics took to social media to lambaste Robel for being chunky in his mid section, with some saying that he only qualified because his father is the president and founder of the Ethiopia Swimming Federation. Continue reading Ridiculed Ethiopian Swimmer to Compete at the World Swimming Championships

From Rio to America, I will keep fighting Ethiopia’s oppression: Feyisa Lilesa

As he crossed the finish line in Rio, Ethiopian marathoner Feyisa Lilesa made a statement of protest, honoring the plight of his people back home. Now fearing retribution for him and his family, Lilesa continues to speak out, despite an uncertain future.

By Feyisa Lilesa | for Washington Post,

On Aug. 21, when I reached the finish line of the men’s marathon at the Olympics in Rio, I crossed my fists above my head. This is sign of peaceful protest used by my people, the Oromo, for the past 10 months. I did it to raise awareness; hundreds of my fellow Ethiopians have been killed by security forces only because they peacefully protested against injustice. I knew there were millions of people watching the Olympics, and I wanted the world to see me. I want to tell the world what is happening in Ethi­o­pia — in Oromia, Amhara, Ogaden, Gambella and elsewhere. Continue reading From Rio to America, I will keep fighting Ethiopia’s oppression: Feyisa Lilesa

Ghirmay Ghebreslassie – From Pacemaker to World Champion and Beyond

World Champion Ghirmay Ghebreslassie and four other Eritrean athletes namely Samuel Tsegay, Amanuel Mesel, Tewelde Estifanos and Ghebre Kibrom, will be running and hopefully winning tomorrow (24) in the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon.

By Virgin Money London Marathon,

Marathon world champion Ghirmay Ghebreslassie will be going for gold again this weekend when he attempts to crack Kenya’s dominance at the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon.

Ahead of his London Marathon debut on Sunday 24 April, the young Eritrean runner looked relaxed as he took his place among the world’s best marathon runners to reflect on the 26.2-mile challenge that lies ahead. Continue reading Ghirmay Ghebreslassie – From Pacemaker to World Champion and Beyond

Ethiopia: Do Extensive Doping Tests or Face Ban

Ethiopia told to carry out mass doping tests on up to 200 athletes by November or face further action by the World Anti-Doping Agency and a possible ban by the International Association of Athletics Federations. [In the photo: Ethiopian Athletics Federation head Alebachew Nigussie, left, national track team doctor Ayalew Tilahun, center, and national anti-doping office head Mengistu Abebe, right, speak at a press conference about current doping issues in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Thursday, April 7, 2016.] AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene
By Elias Meseret | for Associated Press,

Ethiopia must carry out mass doping tests on up to 200 athletes by November or be the latest to face further action by the World Anti-Doping Agency and a possible ban by the IAAF, track and field officials in the country said Thursday.

Ethiopia will attempt to test between 150 and 200 athletes over the next seven months and will start as soon as next week, national track team doctor Ayalew Tilahun said.

“We are told that we could be banned from the IAAF if we don’t comply with the request,” Ayalew said at a news conference in Addis Ababa. Continue reading Ethiopia: Do Extensive Doping Tests or Face Ban

Ethiopian Athletes Under Scrutiny for Doping

CAN OF WORMS. Ethiopia has so far escaped widespread doping scandals as attention has instead centred on Russia and Kenya. However, the glare of the doping police has now switched to Ethiopia and the authorities are set to announce a number of positive drugs tests among the country’s top athletes in the coming weeks.

By Elias Meseret | for Associated Press,

Nine Ethiopian runners, five of them “top athletes,” are under investigation for doping, the general secretary of the country’s anti-doping agency said Monday, raising fears of another damaging scandal for track and field in the run-up to the Rio Olympics.

Solomon Meaza told The Associated Press that the Ethiopian Anti-Doping Agency is investigating the five athletes he described as high-profile after they returned “suspicious” results in tests.  Continue reading Ethiopian Athletes Under Scrutiny for Doping