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Modesty, Fame, and Rethinking Diversification of African Sports

May 26, 2008

Last month, Africa’s top athletes were inducted in a new African athletics Hall of Fame, on the eve of Africa’s 16th Athletics Championships that was held in Finfinne (Addis Ababa). This week, Ethiopia gave special awards to 20 of its top athletes of the last nearly half a century as well as to 6 individuals who made outstanding contributions to Ethiopian sports. The first group includes 1) Abebe Bikila, 2) Mammo Wolde, 3) Miruts Yifter, 4) Mohammed Kedir, 5) Eshetu Tura, 6) Derartu Tulu, 7) Addis Abebe, 8) Fita Bayisa, 9) Haile Gebreselassie, 10) Fatuma Roba, 11) Gete Wami, 12) Million Wolde, 13) Gezahegn Abera, 14) Tesfaye Tola, 15) Asefa Mezgebu, 16) Kenenisa Bekele, 17) Sileshi Sihine, 18) Egigayehu Dibaba, 19) Meseret Defar, and 20) Tirunesh Dibaba. The second group includes 1) Sheikh Mohammed H. Al-Amoudi, 2) Yidnekachew Tessema, 3) Fikru Kidane, 4) Dr. Ayalew Tilahun, 5) Dr. Woldemeskel Kostre, and 6) Demisse Damte.

Taking Inventory of Our Sports
October 6, 2007

Specifically, there may be several sporting activities in Ethiopia that have not seen the light of the day at organized sport games. For example, horse riding is a common in Ethiopia. Even though this is common else where, there have been different kinds of arts to it that we haven’t seen in other parts of the world. These include crawling under the horse’s belly as well as throwing sticks to a fellow rider armed with a shield. These sports seem dangerous at first sight but with a close study, it is perhaps easy to make these kinds of sports safe enough while at the same time make them enjoyable. These are areas that the culture and tourism bureaus in Oromia in particular and in Ethiopia in general could work on. With careful study and planning, these kinds of unexplored sports could possibly end being played at international Olympics events in the future.





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