When Amanueal Tsegay broke away on the second day of this year’s Tour of Eritrea he was accompanied all the way to the finish by pleading and cries from his team car: dai! dai! dai! It’s an Italian word, the first one an Italian will turn to when cheering on an athlete, and it rings out on Eritrea’s roadsides whenever bikes are raced. Continue reading Cycling is Eritrea’s Window to the World→
Just 78 years after fascist colonial Italy had first organised the Tour of Eritrea that discriminated the participation of the native Eritreans in 1938, Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) led regime in Ethiopia has hosted the first competitive tour in Ethiopia.
The tour kicked started yesterday in Mekele, the regional capital of Tigray, after UCI decided only last month to include that into the Africa tour calendar. However, if only not for the eerie name the authorities gave to the tour, that would have been a good start for the sport in Ethiopia. They named it “Tour Ethiopian Meles Zenawi“. Continue reading Worrying Level of Apartheid Sports in TPLF’s Ethiopia→
It has been already informed the commencement of the 2016 Tour of Eritrea and amid the various media-outlets tides concerning Eritrea, unintentional activities of propagating Eritrea’s chronicles in the arena of sport with political matters have been common.
It was just over a month ago that the historic Tour de France placed Eritrea and her cyclists on the world stage. A new chapter was written in cycling history when Daniel Teklehaimanot became the first rider down the start ramp at the 2015 Tour. Daniel and his fellow Eritrean compatriot Merhawi Kudus became the first black Africans to race the Tour, as part of MTN-Qhubeka, the first African-registered team ever to start the Tour. Continue reading Cycling Brings Eritrea to The Heart of Richmond→
LOOK no African representatives in the peloton of the Tour de France, which is slender, Saturday, July 5, from Great Britain and ending at Paris in just under three weeks. Once again, Africa is absent from the great mass of cycling, despite the beautiful hope glimpsed during the 2013/2014 season and plenty of races on the continent.