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Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana’s Rio Olympic Record 10,000 Meter Win Gets IAAF Ratification

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has ratified Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana’s record-breaking 10,000-meter run which claimed Africa’s first gold medal at the just ended Rio Olympic games. The IAAF on Tuesday validated Ayana’s world record 10,000-meter- race. The 24-year-old’s Read more ›

Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn Blames US-Based Opposition Groups for Olympic Medalist Feyisa Lilesa’s Oromo Protest

Addis Ababa has blamed Ethiopian opposition groups in the United States for encouraging long distance runner Feyisa Lilesa to protest against the government at the just-ended Rio Olympic Games. On Tuesday, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said he suspects that Read more ›

Ethiopian Paralympic Athlete to Seek Asylum in the U.S. After Making Oromo Protest Sign at Rio Summer Olympics

Source: Newsweek.com Ethiopian Paralympian Tamiru Demisse showed solidarity with Oromia protesters—who have clashed with the country’s government—as he claimed a silver medal, following a protest gesture made by Olympic counterpart Feyisa Lilesa. Demisse, who competed in the men’s 1,500-meter T13 Read more ›

Kenenisa Bekele Says Ethiopian Athletics Federation Knows Nothing About Athletics After Rio Olympic Snub

Ethiopia’s 5,000m and 10,000m world record holder, Kenenisa Bekele, who was not included in the country’s team for the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games, has expressed his disappointment at the decision on Wednesday. “I’m deeply disappointed and sad. I have Read more ›

Ethiopia Olympic Trials: Almaz Ayana Defeats Tirunesh Dibaba in Record-Breaking 10,000-Meter Debut

Ethiopia’s world 5,000m champion Almaz Ayana has won her first career 10,000-meter race in Hengelo, Netherlands during Ethiopia’s Olympic trials. Ayana made history on Wednesday with her 30:07:00 win, which is reportedly the fastest 10,000m debut performance time. Her finish Read more ›

Spanish Police Arrest Jama Aden, Coach of 1500m Champion Genzebe Dibaba, in Anti-Doping Raid

The coach of Ethiopia’s 1500m world champion Genzebe Dibaba has been arrested in Spain as part of a long-running anti-doping investigation. Jama Aden, a Somali national, was arrested on Monday after Spanish police raided his hotel room in Sabadell, Catalonia. Read more ›

Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele Lead More Than 100 Athletes in Protest Against Ethiopian Athletics Federation

A group of Ethiopian runners are protesting against the country’s athletics federation. The athletes are unhappy about the federation’s process of selecting a team for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The athletes, who were reportedly over a Read more ›

Ethiopia Fires National Football Team Coach Yohannes Sahle and Entire Technical Staff

The head coach of Ethiopia’s national football team Yohannes Sahle and his entire technical staff have been sacked. Shale’s dismissal has not been officially confirmed by the Ethiopia Football Federation (EFF). However, there are reports that EFF President Junedin Basha Read more ›

IAAF, WADA Give Ethiopia Ultimatum to Test 200 Athletes for Doping or Face Suspension

Ethiopia has been given an ultimatum to conduct mass doping tests on about 200 athletes by November or be banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). “We will move fast. It is Read more ›

Suspended Turkish-Ethiopian Athlete Sues IAAF for Technical Mistakes in Doping Tests

A suspended Turkish-Ethiopian athlete has sued the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for technical lapses during the analysis of her urine samples. Elvan Abeylegesse reportedly filed a suit against the IAAF at the Monaco administrative court on Wednesday. The Read more ›

Ethiopia’s 2015 Tokyo Marathon Winner Endeshaw Negesse Fails Doping Test

Ethiopia’s Endeshaw Negesse has reportedly failed a doping test. The 2015 Tokyo Marathon winner is one of nine Ethiopian athletes under investigation for doping after testing positive for banned substances. Negesse, 27, reportedly tested positive for performance enhancement drug meldonium Read more ›

9 Ethiopian Athletes Under Investigation for Doping After Failing Tests

Ethiopia’s Anti-Doping Agency has announced that nine athletes are being investigated for doping after they tested positive for banned substances. Solomon Meaza, the general secretary of Ethiopia’s anti-doping agency, said five of the nine runners under investigation are high-profile athletes. Read more ›

Kenya Police Investigate Athlete Doping Claims Amid Reports of International Ban

Police in Kenya on Sunday began investigating claims of doping and bribery among athletes after reports of an international ban that could see the East African country miss the Brazil Summer Games. Kenya, reputed for its high performing athletes, is Read more ›

Chinese Firm to Build New Ethiopian National Stadium in 3 Years

Ethiopia has announced the construction of a state-of-the-art 60,000 capacity stadium in Addis Ababa. The new national stadium will meet both FIFA and IAAF requirements, putting Ethiopia in the position to host international sporting events. Ethiopia’s Ministry of Youth and Read more ›

Uganda and Rwanda to Face-off in Cecafa Finals after Defeating Ethiopia and Sudan

The Cranes of Uganda qualified for the finals of the 2015 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup on Thursday after defeating host Ethiopia 5-3 on penalties. The trilling encounter, which was witnessed by over 40,000 fans who packed the National Stadium in Read more ›

Ethiopia and Uganda to Face-Off in Cecafa Semifinals

Hosts Ethiopia and Uganda will face-off in the semifinals of the 2015 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup on Thursday after defeating Tanzania and Malawi respectively. Ethiopia advanced after a trilling match against Tanzania on Monday at the National Stadium in Addis Read more ›

Genzebe Dibaba Receives 2015 IAAF World Women’s Athlete Award

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has named Ethiopian middle and long distance runner Genzebe Dibaba as the female IAAF World Athlete of the Year 2015. 24-year-old Dibaba earned the award on Thursday after a stellar year on the Read more ›

Kenyan Runners Occupy Athletics Head Office to Protest Doping and Corruption Allegations

Amid allegations of corruption, mismanagement and doping, a group of Kenyan athletes stormed the headquarters of the country’s athletics federation on Monday in protest. The protesters – about 50 athletes – called for the resignation of several high-ranking members of Read more ›

IAAF Considers Banning Kenya for 4 Years Amid Doping, Corruption Scandal

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has been investigating cases of doping and allegations of bribes in Athletics Kenya since March. The revelation of the probe came Tuesday following a report that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) may suspend Read more ›

Russian Whistleblower Calls for Doping Probe on Ethiopian and Kenyan Athletes

A whistleblower, whose reports triggered a global inquiry into corruption in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Russia’s athletic body, has said Ethiopia and Kenya should also be probed for doping. “There should be a similar investigation into Read more ›

Kenyan Athletes Dominate 2015 NYC Marathon, Winning Men’s and Women’s Division

Kenyan athletes continued their dominance of the New York City Marathon with wins in both the men’s and women’s division of the annual race this year. On Sunday, in the men’s open race, two Kenyan runners took first and second Read more ›

Botswana Finally Grants Asylum to 10 Defecting Eritrean Football Players

The Botswanan government has finally granted asylum to 10 Eritrean footballers who defected and refused to return home after losing a 2018 World Cup qualifying match earlier this month. According to Dick Bayford, lawyer of the team, the players were Read more ›

New York Road Runners to Honor 3 East African Marathon Legends

Three East African long distance runners are set to be inducted into the New York Road Runners (NYRR) Hall of Fame, Class of 2015 later this month. Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie as well as Kenya’s Tegla Loroupe and Paul Tergat are Read more ›

7 Eritrean Cyclists Defect to Ethiopia After Being Threatened with Prolonged Military Service

Seven members of Eritrea’s senior cycling team have fled to Ethiopia after being threatened with enlistment into the army – a dreaded service which is usually perpetual. The cyclists risked their lives in a daring escape through Eritrea’s heavily militarized Read more ›

Botswana Court Rules Against Deportation of 10 Eritrean Football Players Seeking Asylum

A High Court ruling has stopped Botswana from deporting 10 Eritrean national football players seeking political asylum in the southern African country. Last week, the athletes refused to go home after losing 3-1 to the hosts in a World Cup Read more ›