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  • Genzebe Dibaba Wins Women's 3000m IAAF Diamond League in Lausanne

    Ethiopian athlete Genzebe Dibaba has won women's 3000m IAAF Diamond League in Laussane, Switzerland.

    She finished the race 8:31.84. Kenyan Hellen Onsando Obiri took the second place, and othe Kenyan athlete Mercy Cherono took third place.

    Genzebe has 10 cumulative points in the league followed by Obiri who has 6 cumulative points.

    Source: IAAF

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  • Ethiopian Diaspora Raises Over $100K To Help Feyisa Lilesa

    Ethiopian distance runner Feyisa Lilesa, a silver medal winner at the Rio Olympics, made headlines around the world when he crossed his wrists above his head, making a symbol that has become the rallying cry for protests in the Oromia region of Ethiopia.

    That political gesture put the runner at grave personal risk, and now some in the Ethiopian diaspora want to help him.

    Solomon Ungashe of California is one of the three people who co-sponsored a gofundme account for the runner. Gofundme is an online crowdsourcing platform used to raise money for charitable and personal campaigns.

    Ungashe told VOA the athlete didn't initiate it or ask people to help him, but supporters figured it was necessary and, through the account, they have been able to raise more than $100,000 so far. Separately, they have sent three people who paid out-of-pocket to fly to Rio and provide support.

    "Feyisa did what he did to raise the bigger issue, but again he left everything that he has. This man is a person who apparently lives a comfortable life at home in Ethiopia, and he left all that behind," Ungashe said.

    Ungashe added that the money may be used to pay for an immigration lawyer to help the runner get a visa, as well as to facilitate his move to a new country. Ungashe hopes the runner will choose to resettle in the U.S.

    What’s next

    The silver medalist is now thinking about what is next for him and his family. He said he didn't celebrate much after crossing the finish line because some of his friends are in prison and some are dead.

    Government spokesman Getachew Reda, however, downplayed his concerns, saying the country plans a "heroic welcome" for him and his safety was guaranteed. Reda told a state-affiliated news channel that Lilesa will not face any problems for his political stance.

    "After all, this is an athlete who secured a silver medal for his country," he said, speaking to Fana Broadcasting Corporation.

    Skeptical of safety

    Henok Gabisa, a visiting academic fellow at Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia, said there is reason to doubt the government. He noted that the state-owned TV station in Ethiopia took pains not to show Lilesa's gesture during its Olympic coverage.

    Gabisa does not believe the government statement assuring Lilesa's safety can be trusted. "People who were killed, more than 500 Oromos and Amhara people who were killed, and maimed and imprisoned for showing the same gesture are still being killed. What unique reason do we have that Feyisa is not going to face the same predicament?" he told VOA.

    Ungashe shares similar concerns. He noted that after the government spokesman made the statement, the Oromia regional administration branch of the government — the Oromo People's Democratic Organization (OPDO), a group that supports the national government — used its website to accuse Lilesa of being used by "terrorists, by enemies of peace and enemies of development."

    "So who do you believe?" Ungashe said.

    Source: Fana Broadcasting Corporation.

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  • Ethiopian site ignores Feyisa Lilela's non-return

    Ethiopia's state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate has failed to refer to asylum-seeking athlete Feyisa Lilela in its website coverage of the return of the Olympic team from Brazil. 

    The team was received by senior government officials, including Minister of Youth and Sports, Redwan Hussein, at the Bole International Airport, it reports.   

    Feyisa won silver in the marathon, and crossed his arms at the finish line to protest against the government for its crackdown on the Oromo people, who form the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia.  

    Ethiopia’s ranking at the Rio Olympics was the lowest compared with the previous six Olympics, Fana Broadcasting Corporation points out.  

    With one gold, two silver and five bronze medals, it finished 44th in the medal table and 3rd from Africa.

     

     Feyisa is expected to seek asylum in the US. 

    Source :BBC AFRICA

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  • Ethiopia cruise to next round

    The "Red Foxes" of Ethiopia are through to the last round of the CAF U17 AFCON qualifiers after a 2-1 home win against Egyptian little Pharaohs on Sunday.

    A brace from Abubekir Nasir in Dire Dawa City sealed the next round spot for the Coach Atinafu Alemu's prodigies on 5-2 aggregate.

    Abubekir opened the scoring early in the 11th minute, a lead that lasted into the first interval. He grabbed a brace in the 50th minute for a comfortable 2-0.

    The little Pharaohs never lost hope as they continued to press forward, and ten minutes to regulation time, Yesuf pulled the consolation to end the tie 2-1 in favor of the hosts.

    In another qualifier, Tanzania's Serengeti Boys dispatched visiting South Africa 2-0 to also book a spot in the next phase.

    Eight teams will make it to Madagascar next year for the championship.

    Source: soka25east.com

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  • Feyisa Lilesa showed political resistance gesture as he won silver medal for Ethiopia in men’s Marathon at Rio

     

    Marathon, so to speak, is the most anticipated, competitive and demanding of all the athletic competitions. And many see it as a measure of endurance and strength. Athlets need to push themselves to their limit, and sometimes even beyond as one commentator said, to win the race in the marathon category. Just finishing the race is a joy in itself for many athletes. Even those who win the medal barely able to walk right away.

    Kenya’s Eulid Kipchoge was in the ground after winning his Rio Olympic gold medal in Marathon in a time of 2:08:44.

    Twenty six years old Feyisa Lilesa finished second to win a silver medal for Ethiopia. As he finished the crossing line, he raised his fisted hands up in the air and crossed them in rather a mood of resistance, not celebration.

    Hundreds of millions of people have seen his junctures but perhaps only Ethiopians could understand as to what his hand gesture are meant.

    Feyisa Lilesa was telling a political story with his hand gestures – a story about killings of civilians in by the ruling ethnic minority regime in Ethiopia and the resistance to it. Feyisa Lilesa is from oromo speaking parts of Ethiopia, one of the two regions of Ethiopia where government killed hundreds of Ethiopians. In the past nine months alone, more than 800 Ethiopians are killed in the Amhara and Oromo speaking parts of Ethiopia.

    Here after, at least athletics lovers who happened to watch Rio Olympic marathon race could understand the situation in Ethiopia.

    Very likely that the regime in Ethiopia could arrest and/or ban Feyisa Lilesa if he decided to go back to Ethiopia. And if it happens, one asylum giving country could get a marathon runner while Ethiopia will only be sorry about it.

    Source: borkena

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  • Nigeria beat Honduras to win bronze

    Nigeria won the bronze medal in men's football on Saturday with a 3-2 victory over Honduras.

    A sparse crowd in the Belo Horizonte stadium saw the Central Americans launch a late comeback but it was not enough to cut the deficit after Nigeria went 3-0 went up in 56 minutes.

    Sadiq Umar got the first goal after 34 minutes and his namesake Aminu Umar doubled their lead two minutes into the second half.

    Sadiq Umar scored his second and Nigeria's third seven minutes later when he controlled another good pass from their captain John Obi Mikel and hammered home from 15 yards (13.7m).

    The goal appeared to have guaranteed victory but Honduras came back into the game and threated to win their first Olympic football medal.

    Antony Lozano got one back after 70 minutes when he headed home a cross from the right and then four minutes from time Marcelo Pereira rose among a pack of players to nod home a free kick.

    But it was not quite enough and the Nigerians secured their first medal of the Rio games. Brazil take on Germany in the gold medal match later on Saturday.

    Source:Supersport 

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  • Ethiopian Steeplechaser Etenesh Diro Finishes 3,000-Meter Steeplechase With 1 Shoe

    Ethiopia’s Etenesh Diro proved Saturday that you don’t let anything crush your Olympic spirit. Diro was leading her heat in the 3,000-meter steeplechase when her right shoe got loose.

    The 25-year-old struggled to pull off it off after colliding with some of the others on the track.  After yanking it and her sock off, she continued racing, completing the last leg of the race with just one shoe. 

    Diro finished in 7th place in her heat, clocking in at 9:34.70.She didn’t qualify for the finals. In a true show of sportsmanship, the other athletes rushed over to comfort her after the race.

    She caught the attention of social media, as people cheered on her determination.

    Source :Nbc newyork 

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  • Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana smashed the world record to win Olympic gold in the women's 10,000m in Rio.

    The 24-year-old, racing the distance on the track for only the second time, obliterated the field to finish in 29 minutes 17.45 seconds, breaking the previous record by over 14 seconds.

    Britain's Jo Pavey was 15th in her fifth Olympics at age 42, setting a season's best time of 31:33.44.

    Kenya's Vivian Cheriot, the 2012 bronze medallist, finished second in 29:32.53.

    Defending champion Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia only managed third but in a personal best time of 29:42.56 - one of 18 personal bests in the race.

    Almaz Ayana

    Ayana had recorded the fastest 10,000m debut in history at the Ethiopian Olympic trials in June

    "I found it tough out there," said Pavey.

    "I'm so honoured to have competed at my fifth Olympics, but in reality I am getting old. It was fairly humid. I would like to have been more competitive, but I gave my best and that is all I could do."

    Ayana, the world champion at 5,000m, recorded the fastest 10,000m debut in history at the Ethiopian Olympic trials in June, clocking 30:07.00.

    She becomes the first woman to break a 10,000m world record at an Olympic Games.

    Britain's Jess Andrews finished one place behind Pavey in a PB of 31:35.92 and Beth Potter was 34th in 33:04.34.

    Reaction to Ayana's world record

    Paula Radcliffe, Marathon world record holder

    "I'm not sure that I can understand that. When I saw the world record set in 1993, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. And Ayana has absolutely blitzed that time."

    Brendan Foster, Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    "You see things pushed along sometimes - you think of Bob Beamon in the long jump - but I'm not sure what to make of that to be honest. I will be interested to hear what Ayana has to say afterwards."

    Steve Cram, Olympic 1500m silver medallist

    "Unprecedented. Full stop."

    source : BBc Sport 

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  • Kebede off to Portugal

    Bidvest Wits striker Getaneh Kebede is set to go on trial at Portuguese Primeira Liga club CD Tondela.The Ethiopian spent the past season on loan at University of Pretoria and will leave the country tomorrow with the blessings of his parent club Wits

     Ivica Stankovic, who represents the 24-year-old forward, confirms the latest development.

     “Getaneh has received his visa and the club in Portugal is keen to see him after sending the invitation for him to come over there for an assessment. He is now due to leave tomorrow for Portugal,” Stankovic tells KickOff.com.

     Tondela – who survived relegation last term despite struggling for goals – will start off the new campaign against champions Benfica on August 13.

    Source;- yenetatube

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