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  • Haile Gebrselassie: 'Breaking records is much easier than leadership'

    BISHOFTU, October 25, 2017 - Throughout his career, Ethiopia’s athletics great Haile Gebrselassie has been running, breaking records and witnessing the sport from inside the track field. But for the past year, the former marathon world record holder, has been running to reform the sport he dedicated his life to, but this time from inside the office.

    The former long-distance runner spoke to AIPS about the differences between the two worlds during the 21st annual General Assembly of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) held on Saturday October 21 at Bishoftu, Ethiopia which marked the first anniversary of Gebrselassie as president of EAF.

    On the topic of presidency - a year ago this time the whole world was paying attention to learn who will succeed Barak Obama as 45th president of the United States of America between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Meanwhile, Ethiopians were eager to know who will be at the helm of athletics for the next four years. Whereas Donald Trump goes to the White House, Haile Gebrselassie said, in his own words, he was going to the “Black House” after his much needed but unexpected victory to become head of Ethiopian Athletics, a position unofficially reserved for high ranked politicians in the past.

    Many saw his candidacy as beacon of hope for Ethiopian athletics, in the notion of ‘profession for professionals’. Even though Haile is a proven champion and leader in his business, the precedent made many of his fans reluctant, considering him an outsider to become the president. However, surprisingly enough, he beat his more politicial competitors comfortably to become the president, a position according to many, fit for an individual with Haile’s caliber.

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  • Saudi Arabia to allow women to get into sport stadiums

    Saudi Arabia is renovating its stadiums so that women will be allowed to enter them to watch sports for the first time.

    Following the historic announcement that starting from June 2018 women will be allowed to drive, the conservative kingdom now said next year women can get into three massive sport stadiums in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam. 

    Saudi General Sport Authority, the country's governing institutions for sports, announced that King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, King Abdullah Sport City in Jeddah, and Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd Stadium in Dammam — until now strictly male-only — will start specific renovations to "receive families" from early 2018.

    That means women will be seated in family sections segregated from the male crowd, as is customary in the kingdom. During the renovations, the three stadiums will set up restaurants, cafes, and monitor screens.

    The latest development is likely to cause a backlash among ultra-conservatives and traditionalists in the country, who already reacted with anger at the lifting of the women's driving ban.

    Last month, Saudi Arabia let women into the national stadium for the first time on the occasion of the celebrations of the 87th anniversary of its founding, which featured concerts, fireworks, air acrobatics, and traditional folk dance.

    The kingdom is trying to diversify its oil-dependant economy with an ambitious reform programme called Vision 2030.

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  • Tirunesh Dibaba Wins 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

    Three-time Olympic gold medalist Tirunesh Dibaba has won the women’s field of the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Dibaba, of Ethiopia, beat out defending champion Florence Kiplagat, keeping her from winning her third consecutive Chicago Marathon.

    "This is my third marathon and I'm very happy to have won here," Dibaba said after her win. "I worked very hard for this."

    Dibaba recorded her fastest marathon earlier this year in London, coming across the finish line at two hours, 17 minutes 56 seconds. She is currently the third fastest woman running distances longer than 42 kilometers.

    Dibaba picked up three gold medals and three bronze medals from the last four Summer Olympic Games.

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  • Olympic athlete Mumin Gala in a Hospital after a car Accident in Addis Ababa

    Mumin Booqora Gala is a Djiboutian runner who competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the 5000m event and placed thirteenth.

    Mumin Gala who celebrated his 31st birthday on September 6th announced that he will be racing the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 22nd when suddenly involved in a car accident in Ethiopian Capital Addis Ababa. The Cause of the Accident is still unknown and Gala is currently receiving Treatment at the Korean Hospital in the Capital, According to our Sources from the Djibouti Embassy in Addis Ababa.

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  • Negewo successfully defends title at Cape Town marathon

    Asefa Mengstu Negewo came back to the marathon that launched him onto the international stage in 2016 and destroyed a quality field to successfully defend his title at the SANLAM Cape Town Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (17).

    Running in a lead pack of six athletes that included Ketema Bekele Negasa, race favourite Laban Mutai, Duncan Maiyo and South Africa’s Xolisa Tyali, Negewo went through 10 kilometres in 30:18, some 13 seconds behind pace maker Henry Kiplagat.

    Kiplagat proceeded to pour on the pace and by halfway had extended his lead to 34 seconds over the chasing pack. Kiplagat went through to the half marathon mark in 1:04:29 with the pack clocking 1:05:03.

    By 30 kilometres, the pack was chasing down Kiplagat and had whittled his lead down to nine seconds with Negewo driving the bus. At 35-k, the 32-year-old Ethiopian threw down the gauntlet and pulled away from his rivals to cross the line in 2:10:01.

    “Defending my title was important to me. I am really happy to be able to defend my title as this race put me on the map,” said Negewo. “I was hoping for a faster time, I wanted to break my course record (2:08:42) but there was a bit of wind between 11 and 18 kilometres which slowed us down, and the guys didn’t want to work together. So if things go well I would like to come back next year and try and win the race for the third time and break my course record.”

    Second was countryman Ketema Negessa (2:11:06) with Duncan Maiyo of Kenya taking third (2:11:26).

    Elroy Gelant in his debut marathon, was the best of the South Africans. Running a conservative race, Gelant stayed off the leaders until the 30-kilometres mark before he tried to close the gap. In the end though running in man’s land for a longer period of time cost him and he slowed down in the latter stages. Nevertheless his 2:12:49 was good enough for fifth overall.

    The women’s race saw some drama as pace maker Helalia Johannes went out at a blistering pace, dropping the main protagonists by the halfway mark, reached in 1:15.22. Strung out behind her were all the race favourites some 38 seconds adrift. Running comfortably in that chase pack were Meserey Asefan, Betelhem Moges, Fantu Jimma and Agnes Kiprop amongst others. South Africa’s Irvette van Zyl, content to sit roughly a minute further down.

    By 35 kilometres it was clear that, pacemaking duties fulfilled, Helalia Johannes was going for the win and when she saw the finish line two kilometres out, she must have thought that the win was hers. But with less than a kilometre to go, she was caught by Betelhem Moges who went on to win in 2:30:22, Johannes coming through six seconds adrift (2:30:28) and Agnes Kiprop third in 2:31:00.

    “I was looking for 2:27 or faster, but the pace between and 10km and 25km was a bit slow, so I lost some time there,” said Moges. When asked if she was worried about the pace maker being so far ahead, Moges was a bit surprised that Johannes had stayed in the race for so long. “I was expecting her to pull out and was not aware that she was so far ahead, so I was surprised when I saw her in front of me. But I saw she was struggling and so I surged and caught her.”

    The race boasted a mass field of just under 8000 entrants, cementing its position among the continent's most popular road running events.

    The 10km titles went to South Africans Lesiba Precious Mashele and Glenrose Xaba. Mashele took the men's race in 28:32 to win by 12 seconds while Xaba clocked a lifetime best 33:24 in the women's. Both raced to the national cross country titles earlier in the month.

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  • Only 2 Iconic Athletes Have Made More Money Than Floyd Mayweather

    It looks like boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. has just entered the ultra-exclusive $1 billion club for sports stars.

    According to Forbes, Mayweather's career earnings before Saturday night's fight with UFC champ Conor McGregor totaled approximately $700 million. Some insiders are estimating that Mayweather will earn over $300 million for his 10-round TKO of McGregor.

    That would launch Mayweather over $1 billion for career earnings, a mark reached only by two other elite, iconic athletes: Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods. Each has earned about $1.5 billion over the course of their careers from sponsorships, winnings, salaries, and the like.

    Mayweather says he is now retiring as a professional boxer with a remarkable 50-0 record. The exact amount of his final paycheck will be determined largely based on his share of the pay-per-view revenues from Saturday's fight. We won't know the details of pay-per-view sales until later this week, but by most accounts demand for the event was through the roof.

    Apparently, organizers delayed the start of the fight because some pay-per-view servers crashed in the wake of so many fans trying to log in and watch. Some estimated that pay-per-view revenues for the fight would top $700 million, which would easily make it the highest-grossing PPV event in history.

    And yes, a $300 million take for Mayweather is not out of the question. For context, Mayweather earned roughly $300 million in 2015, including $250 million from his fight against Manny Pacquiao. That event "broke every financial boxing record, including 4.6 million PPV buys and more than $600 million in gross revenue across all revenue streams," Forbes reported.

    One early indicator that this past weekend's fight will push Mayweather through 10-figure barrier: The event beat out most movies at the box office this weekend. According to Variety, the fight earned $2.6 million at the 534 theaters that showed it live, with fans paying $40 apiece for admission. The fight's box office haul was more than what the new Bruce Lee biopic Birth of the Dragon took in all weekend long, and the movie was playing in more than three times the theaters as the fight.

    Even if Mayweather has earned $1 billion over his 20+ year career, that does not mean he is worth $1 billion, or anything close to it, right now. In fact, records show Mayweather currently has a $22 million tax lien against him — one of several he's experienced in his career.

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