Team Ethiopia receives award

Addis Ababa, September 13, 2017 (FBC) –Ethiopian athletics team that took part in the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London has been awarded at a ceremony held yesterday in Hawassa town, SNNP regional state.

Gold medal winners Almaz Ayana and Muktar Edris received 500 and 400 square meters of land, respectively, to build a house on in Addis Ababa city administration.

Silver medal winners, Tirunesh Dibaba, Tamirat Tola and Almaz Ayana also received over 3,200 US dollars (at current exchange rate) prize each.

The government has spent about 43,000 US dollars to award the athletes, including coaches and other members of the team.

After handing over the prizes to the athletes, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said all members of the team have contributed a lot to help Ethiopia’s flag raise up in the sky. He further thanked the athletes for the results achieved in the competition.

Sport needs leaderships who have expertise in it, he said, citing the coming of Haile Gebreselasie et al to leadership positions at the Ethiopian Athletic Federation (EAF) as a model.

Accordingly, “we should struggle to pick the right person when we assign a representative from regional states to lead sport federations,” he said.       

The Premier further stated that the government would give due attention towards making sport the culture of the country as exercise is necessary for a healthy living.

Given Ethiopia’s potential, the works and results achieve at the competition is not sufficient, Ristu Yirdaw, Minister of Youth and Sports said also highlighting the need for more works in the athletics sector.

Team Ethiopia finished 7th in the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London medal table with 5 medals, two of them gold and the rest silvers.

Almaz Ayana and Muktar Edris earned Ethiopia gold medals in women 10,000m and men 5,000m events, respectively.

Ethiopia also secured three silver medals with Tirunesh Dibaba in women’s 10,000m, Tamirat Tola in men’s marathon and Almaz Ayana in women’s 5000m races.

Team USA finished 1st in the medal table with 30 medals (10 gold, 11 silver, 9 bronze,  Kenya 2nd with 11 medals (5 gold, 2 silver, 4 bronze) and South Africa 3rd with 6 medals (3 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze).

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat