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  • IAAF ratifies Dibaba's 3,000m indoor record

    Monaco, April 5 (IANS) Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba's 3,000 metres women's indoor record set in early February has been ratified by IAAF, the world athletics governing body announced on its website.

    The 23-year-old Dibaba, sister of Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m champion Tirunesh, clocked eight minutes, 16.60 seconds to win the women's 3,000m race in the XL-Galan, an IAAF Permit Indoor Meet held Feb 6 in Stockholm, Sweden, reports Xinhua.

    The former world indoor record of 8:23.72 was set by Dibaba's countrywoman Meseret Defar Feb 3, 2007 in Stuttgart, Germany.

    Dibaba has been enjoying a successful indoor season in 2014 as she also set a 1,500m world indoor record of 3:55.17, which is still pending ratification by IAAF, and raced the fastest two miles in 9:00.48 at the Birmingham Grand Prix.

    source: IAAF

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  • Sewnet Bishaw: FIFA favours Nigeria

    Former Ethiopia coach Sewnet Bishaw has launched a scathing attack on FIFA, claiming world football's governing body conspired to see them miss out on a place at the 2014 World Cup.

    The Walia Antelopes failed to secure a ticket to this year's Brazil showpiece after losing their qualifying play-off against Nigeria, with the Super Eagles winning 2-1 in Ethiopia before securing a 2-0 victory at home in the return leg.

    But Bishaw, who was relinquished of his duties with the Ethiopian national team following their failure to qualify, believes FIFA played a huge role in the side's shortcomings, accusing them of "bringing the game into disrepute".

    "FIFA didn't want us (Ethiopia) to qualify (for the World Cup) because who knows Ethiopian football and who wants us to qualify when we were playing against the current African Champions," the coach told Football411 correspondent Russel Wiafe in an exclusive interview.

    "We played our hearts out and we wanted to win and qualify for the World Cup but FIFA didn't like that. They awarded penalties for them (Nigeria) which were never penalties, and these things happens because FIFA wants them to qualify for the World Cup.

    "It was a shame for Ethiopian football because we fought from the (first) blast of the whistle to the end. For me, Nigeria didn't deserve to qualify because they were aided by FIFA, which is not good for the game of football."

    He continued: "You have to give room for all countries to compete in a friendly and fair manner but not what we saw in Ethiopia during the first leg and even the second leg - the second leg in Calabar was worst and we hope that FIFA will make things easy for emerging football countries that are doing very well in either qualifiers or a major competition, because if not they are bringing the game of football into disrepute."

    source: Football411

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  • 2015 Africa Cup of Nations: Eritrea withdraw from qualifiers

    Eritrea have pulled out of the qualifiers for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco, the Confederation of African Football has confirmed.

    They had been due to face South Sudan in the first round of the preliminary phase over two legs in April.

    South Sudan, entering the competition for the first time, will now go though to the preliminary phase second round.

    No reason has been given for Eritrea's withdrawal, but recent defections by players may have led to the decision.

    Seventeen players from the Eritrean squad, plus the team doctor, absconded at the 2012 East and Central Africa Senior Challenge Cup in Uganda.

    In 2011, 13 Eritrean players sought asylum in Tanzania after the same tournament, while 12 members of the Eritrea squad disappeared and sought asylum in Kenya during the regional tournament in 2009.

    Four Eritrean athletes also left their base and sought political asylum in Britain after the London Olympics in 2012.

    Between 2,000 and 3,000 Eritreans flee the small east African country every month, a United Nations report said last year.

    source: BBC

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  • The rise and rise of Genzebe Dibaba

    A world indoor 1500m record on February 1 followed by more of the same over 3000m on February 6 and a two mile world indoor best nine days later. Genzebe Dibaba has had a remarkable indoor season so far and having just been confirmed for the 3000m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, next month, fans wait with bated breath to see what else the 23-year-old is capable of.

    Dibaba first made her mark on the international scene in Edinburgh in 2008. There, in the city’s Holyrood Park, the Ethiopian won the world junior cross-country title in a race that saw Charlotte Purdue finish 53 seconds behind the winner as leading Briton in 16th place.

    It was a successful day for Ethiopia, with Genzebe’s older sister, Tirunesh, winning the senior women’s race, while the senior men’s title went to Kenenisa Bekele and the junior men’s victory to Ibrahim Jeilan. Given this, the “Dibaba double” was one of the big stories of the championships and it looked likely that a Dibaba dynasty of distance-running dominance was set to continue.

    Certainly, the Dibaba family is amazingly talented. Tirunesh has won three Olympic and five world gold medals on the track, plus five individual world cross country titles – and she is set to make her much-anticipated marathon debut in London in April.

    In addition, the eldest sister in the family, Ejegayehu, won Olympic 10,000m silver in Athens in 2004, while their brother Dejene is a promising 800m athlete. If that wasn’t enough, cousin Derartu Tulu is a two-time Olympic 10,000m champion.

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  • Bekoji: Little Town of Champions

    The village of Bekoji, in the highlands of Ethiopia, has produced long-distance runners who’ve won 16 Olympic medals in 20 years. What explains this remarkable success?

    “Running is in my blood,” says Tolo Debele, feeding his 3-month-old boy Dawit in his gated compound in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. “It’s changed everything in my life.”

    The long-legged 32-year-old is wearing a pair of bright-blue running shoes with shock absorbers on the heels, provided by his sponsor, Nike. A competitive marathon runner, he’s raced in Asia, Europe, and America. But his wife Askale Tafa has him beat: Their massive dark-wood cabinet in the living room is packed with sparkling trophies, mostly hers. Fifth place, Boston; third place, Dubai; second place, Berlin.

    Not long ago, Tolo and Askale were living a very different life: herding cattle and farming in Bekoji, the pastoral, grain-producing town in central Ethiopia, several hours south of Addis, where they grew up. They moved to the capital to join a large urban running club, but they’ve maintained their ties to Bekoji, capitalizing on their athletic success by opening a hotel back home.

    Read more at TheAtlantic

    Video: Town of Runners Trailer

    “Running is in my blood,” says Tolo Debele, feeding his 3-month-old boy Dawit in his gated compound in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. “It’s changed everything in my life.”

    The long-legged 32-year-old is wearing a pair of bright-blue running shoes with shock absorbers on the heels, provided by his sponsor, Nike. A competitive marathon runner, he’s raced in Asia, Europe, and America. But his wife Askale Tafa has him beat: Their massive dark-wood cabinet in the living room is packed with sparkling trophies, mostly hers. Fifth place, Boston; third place, Dubai; second place, Berlin.

    Not long ago, Tolo and Askale were living a very different life: herding cattle and farming in Bekoji, the pastoral, grain-producing town in central Ethiopia, several hours south of Addis, where they grew up. They moved to the capital to join a large urban running club, but they’ve maintained their ties to Bekoji, capitalizing on their athletic success by opening a hotel back home.

    Read more at The Atlantic.

    - See more at: http://www.tadias.com/03/04/2014/bekoji-ethiopia-little-town-of-champions/#sthash.7lOtMWnP.dpuf
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