City Administration Expresses Gratitude to Victorious Nat'l Athletics Team
Jul 29, 2022 1504
Addis Ababa July 29/2022/ENA/ The Addis Ababa City Administration held a Thanksgiving ceremony for the Ethiopian athletics team that registered stunning victory at the Oregon World Athletics Championship 2022. The athletic team, which stood second after the US in the medal list, was earlier given warm reception by President Sahle-Work Zewde at the National Palace and the outstanding members awarded. The City Administration Council of Addis Ababa also awarded 10 million Birr prize in total to the athletes who participated in the competition. In addition, the athletes who won gold, silver and bronze medals were given 500 to 250 square meters of land based on their results. Speaking on the occasion, Mayor Adanech Abebie said that the athletes have once again raised Ethiopia's honor in the world arena. "History testifies that we Ethiopians are people who do not surrender to defeat, and challenges make us stronger," she stressed. According to her, the athletes should be honored for their contribution in making the country's flag fly high in the world championships. Ethiopian Athletics Federation President, Commander Derartu Tulu said she was happy with the reception given to the athletes, stating that "the most precious gift is morale and respect we are given by the people." The Thanksgiving program was held under the theme: "We thank you for raising our flag in the world arena.” Culture and Sports Minister Kejela Merdasa, former famous athletes and various government officials attended the ceremony.
Ethiopian Athletics Team Celebrating Historic, Extraordinary Victory in Addis Ababa
Jul 28, 2022 1188
Addis Ababa July 28/2022/ENA/ Ethiopian Athletics team is celebrating its outstanding victory at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Oregon with residents of Addis Ababa by touring the streets of the capital. The athletics team has been given a hero’s welcome upon arrival to Addis Ababa on Wednesday after a remarkable performance at the world athletics championships. A national award and recognition ceremony is also expected to take place at the National Palace later today. In his latest message, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said that the shining victories the Ethiopian athletes have made at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA that Ethiopians have crowned and triumphed at the global sport stage resisting all the internal and external challenges. Praising Ethiopian athletes for raising the national flag at the global stage, Abiy said “we have plenty of reasons to be grateful as a nation.” It is to be recalled that the Ethiopian athletics team achieved historic results that attracted the eyes of the world at the 2022 World Athletics Championships. Ethiopia had the most gold medals from among African countries and ranked second in the world by winning 4 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze at the championships. In his recent interview with ENA, the world-renowned athlete Haile Gebre Selassie described the victory at the 18th Edition of the World Athletics Championship as a manifestation of a resilient nation and unity.
PM Abiy Says Great Ethiopian Run Promoting Unity, Fraternity among Ethiopians
Jan 23, 2022 1159
Addis Ababa January 23/2022/ENA/ Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said that the Great Ethiopian Run has been contributing a lot in maintaining and promoting peace and unity among Ethiopians over the last 20 years. The Premier made the remake in a statement issued on his Face-book in connection with the 21 round of the Great Ethiopian Run that was held on Sunday in the capital Addis Ababa. Ethiopia is marching to ensure civilization, peace, tolerance, unity and reconciliation by sidestepping poverty, conflict and war, Abiy said. “Since we are competing with the world, we have to prepare ourselves to be competent without spending time,” he added. Prime Minister Abiy stated that the Great Ethiopian Run is playing a great role in promoting unity and peace among Ethiopians by bringing thousands of Ethiopians to run for peace, love and partnership over the last 20 years. The event has been creating harmony among all Ethiopians irrespective of their religion and ethnic background, Abiy stated. “The Great Ethiopian Run has been bringing together citizens who could not be able to celebrate religious holidays and other ethnic based national events together." The Premier appreciated the founders of the Great Ethiopian Run particularly Athlete Haile Gebrselassie, Ethiopia's inspiration and beacon. Abiy said “Haile made Ethiopia proud at international venues. He has been exemplary to several young Ethiopian athletes. The athlete has also been model how to turn money, obtained with various efforts, in to effective investment. Haile is not only Athlete, but also a good advisor and negotiator who doesn’t tolerate when his country is belittled. Ethiopia needs millions like Haile.” The premier expressed his hope that the Great Ethiopian Run will become one of the great events that would promote Ethiopia in the regional, continental and international arenas. He pledged to provide the necessary support in this regard. PM Abiy further urged Ethiopians who have participated in the Great Ethiopian Run to let Ethiopia win and break the record on the world stage in unison just like the way they are participating together at today's event regardless of ethnicity, religion, political difference and gender. It’s been 21 years now since the 10km road race Great Ethiopian Run has been commenced attracting hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians and foreign visitors every year.
Mass Sport Festival to Entertain Diaspora Takes Place in Addis Ababa
Jan 2, 2022 1204
Addis Ababa January 2/2022 /ENA/ Mass sport festival, which aims at entertaining the Diaspora community who has come to Ethiopia as part of the Great Ethiopian Homecoming initiative, took place in Addis Ababa today. Great Ethiopian Homecoming is an initiative launched by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed calling one million Ethiopians, Ethiopian origins, and friends of Ethiopia to come to Ethiopia during the upcoming Ethiopian Christmas. Accordingly, many have been arriving in Ethiopia despite and engaging in several social and other activities of the nation. The government and people of Ethiopia are preparing to welcome the diaspora in various ways. Today a Mass sport festival was held in the capital Addis Ababa with a view to entertain the Diaspora community who has come to Ethiopia as part of the initiative. Residents of Addis Ababa, government officials and members of the Diaspora have taken part in the mass sport festival that was organized at Mesqel square, in the capital. Opening the festival, Addis Ababa City Deputy Mayor, Jantirar Abay said sport would build a country strong by creating unity and cohesion among the people. He stressed the need to expand sport activities as culture everywhere in the country to create physically matured and productive citizens and promote the development of the country, besides to promoting social interaction with in communities. Members of the Diaspora who have participated in the event have expressed their excitement over the splendid welcoming ceremonies and programs of Ethiopian government and people. Besides to its health benefits, the mass sport said to be a means that enable the Diaspora promote social interaction with the community.
Gov't Awards Ethiopian Tokyo Olympics Team
Sep 3, 2021 1169
Addis Ababa, Sebtember 3/2021(ENA) The government of Ethiopia awarded and honored the national athletics team that participated in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in a grand ceremony held at the National Palace on Thursday in the presence of President Sahilework Zewde. It is to be recalled that Ethiopian Tokyo 2020 Olympics team had finished the competition with 4 medals including one gold medal. The national Olympic Team of Ethiopia won one gold, one silver and two bronze. The nation has won one Gold medal in the men’s 10,000 meter by Selemon Barega Silver by Lemecha Girma with Men’s 3000 meters. Ethiopia has also got two bronze medals by Letesenbet Gideon and Gudaf Tsegay, in 10,000 meter and 5,000 meter women contest, respectively. The participants have been awarded money and certificate of recognition based on the results they have registered in the race. Accordingly, the gold medalist with 10,000 meter, Selemon Barega was awarded 3 million Birr worth car. Bronze medalists Letesenbet Gideon and Gudaf Tsegay have received 1 million Birr each while 3,000 meter Silver medalist Lemecha awarded 1.5 million Birr. Speaking at the ceremony, President Sahilework Zewde noted the strange results registered by the Ethiopian Team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as compared to the last 13 Olympics that Ethiopia had participated. The President hence, urged all pertinent bodies of the athletics community to take their respective responsibly seriously to achieve a better result for the upcoming Olympic Games. Other senior government officials including culture and Tourism Minister, Hirut kassew, Sport Commissioner Elias Shikure and members of the Ethiopian Olympic committee have attended the ceremony.
The 20th Edition GER Supports Birds’ Conservation in Ethiopia
Jan 10, 2021 1146
Addis Ababa January 10/2021 (ENA) The 2020 Great Ethiopian Run (GER), which is Ethiopia’s flagship annual event, has supported bird conservation in the country. Adapting to the new normal of life under COVID-19, this year’s GER annual event was held on Sunday in the capital Addis Ababa with a reduced number of participants. The race staged in three separate wave started in a way that allowed greater distancing among participants in a move to apply the World health Organization guidelines. More than 12, 000 runners, including about 300 men and women athletes, have participated in the 10 Kilometers run, the biggest road race in Africa with 45,000 plus participants from all over the world every year since its inception in 2001. Happy revelers of different speed experienced the truly epic event wearing red, yellow and green T-Shirts to symbolize the national flag and running or walking through the central parts of the city interrupting the usual traffic flow at early morning. The race has begun at Meskel Square and ended around Atlas Hotel in Bole Sub-City with tough competition of athletes at the front. Abe Gashahun from Amhara prisons, Tadese Worku from Debub (SNNPR) Police and Milkesa Mengesha from Sebeta Club are the first, second and third men winners, respectively. Similarly, Tsige Gebreselema from Ethio-Athletics, Medhin Gebreslase from Commercial Bank of Ethiopia and Gebeyanesh Ayalew from defense won the respective ranks from women, it was learned. The Great Ethiopian Run founder and Board chair Athlete Haile Gebrselassie, Ethiopian Athletics Head Bililign Mekoya and Total Specialist and B2B Business Manager Bekuretsion Weldeyesus awarded the winners. The 20th edition GER race has supported for bird-safe energy infrastructure in Ethiopia, which aimed at birds’ conservation. The idea behind this support was to associate the extreme efforts of marathon runners with the perilous journey migratory birds undertake, in order to generate public empathy and mitigate threats along the flyway. Electrocution and collision with power lines have been identified as major causes of mortality among birds, killing millions of individuals every year. Several power lines have dangerous designs that put birds at risk. Every year, more than 2000 Endangered Egyptian Vultures gather in Eastern Ethiopia to roost. Consequently, the power line infrastructure in this region may have an upsetting impact on their global population. BirdLife International, through its partnership with the Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society (EWNHS), was one of the sponsors and VIP attendees at the event within the framework of the “Egyptian Vulture New LIFE" project. The project is being implemented in Europe and Africa, in 14 different countries. Athlete Haile Gebrselassie, renowned economist Peter Middlebrook and British marathon Olympian Richard Nerurkar founded the Great Ethiopian Run 20 years ago. More than 500, 000 people attended The Great Ethiopian Run in the past 20 years. In 2013, GER become the first ever winner of the Social Award of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races. It is to be recalled that GER won the “Best International Running Event” award of the Challenge Awards in 2019.
President Sahlework Urges Countries to Exploit Sport for Peace, Unity
Dec 6, 2020 1128
Addis Ababa, December 6/2020( ENA) President Sahlework Zewdie urged countries to exploit the potent tool of sport sustain peace and unity. Higher officials including the President of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), Mustapha Berraf, Ethiopian Olympic Committee (EOC) President, Ashebir Woldegiorgis have attended the meeting. At the opening of the Extraordinary General Assembly of ANOCA, President Sahlework said “Sport, as we all know, is a powerful tool for unity and peace.” “We learn, through playing sports, the basic lessons of life how to work with others to reach a common goal, how to follow rules, how to strategize and win, and equally as importance is learning how to lose and make space for others to have their day,” she noted. The president elaborated that Ethiopia's contribution to African Olympics is remarkable. The nation is looking not only to strengthen this position in the world athletics but having the ambition to go beyond the athletics and expand in to new sport, she said. The president underlined that Ethiopia's membership to ANOCA is the vital in achieving both national and continental goals. In sport, as it is in governance there is power in unity she said, adding that continental unity without doubt leverage to increase global inference and reach on common objectives. “We must think beyond sports and identify ways to leverage our influence and resources to engage and empower the youth of Africa. You can count on Ethiopia to stand with you in the achievement of this goal,” she highlighted. The meeting of the organization that unites the 54 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of Africa will deliberate on key issues about the continent’s Olympic sports, it was indicated.
WADA Hails Ethiopia, SA Partnership for Clean Sport in Africa
May 14, 2020 562
Addis Ababa, May 14/2020 (ENA) The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) lauded Ethiopia and South Africa for their immense contribution in National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) for the protection of clean sport in Africa. In its press release sent to ENA, WADA said a three-year partnership agreement between the Ethiopian National Anti-Doping Organization (ETH-NADO) and the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) has yielded significant benefits for the protection of clean sport in Africa. The agreement, which was facilitated and monitored by WADA, saw SAIDS provide support, guidance and expertise to ETH-NADO in building its anti-doping capacity. WADA Director General, Olivier Niggli said cooperation between NADOs is vital for regional development. “Commitment on both sides is very important in these partnerships, and in this case, it was outstanding with both National Anti-Doping Organizations fully engaged with the concept and reality of the initiative,” he noted. According to him, there was regular communication and feedback between the NADOs and with WADA also ensured that the partnership kept momentum throughout the three years. The partnership has helped to build anti-doping capacity and strengthen the system within Ethiopia, further protecting clean sport in that important African sporting nation, he stated. CEO of ETH-NADO, Mekonnen Yidersal said on his part WADA’s partnership program is crucial to strengthening the efficiency and effectiveness of NADOs worldwide by fostering a spirit of cooperation, collaboration and trust between nations. He further added that the partnership creates a platform to share knowledge and experience in the field.
Ethiopian News Agency