Derartu Tulu Appointed as a New Athletics Federation President


Following the resignation of Haile Gebresilase as a president of Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) the executive committee held an emergency meeting yesterday and appointed Derartu Tulu Appointed as Acting Head for the Federation.

The federation also further stated that EAF would call the general assembly in two months time to elect a president to lead the Federation for two consecutive years.

Haile Gebrselassie, the prominent runner, resigned as president of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation on Monday, calling it a “sacrifice” for the sport.

The decision came after the growing grievances of local athletes about training facilities and decision-making, which he believes are politically motivated.

On Monday Haile gave briefed the media that he has been unhappy with recent complaints by athletes which some of the questions have hidden intention.

Derartu Tulu who is an Ethiopian long-distance runner, who competed in track, cross country running, and road running up to the marathon distance, was serving as deputy president in EAF since November 2016.

Derartu is the first Ethiopian woman and the first black African woman to win an Olympic gold medal, which she won in the 10,000 m event at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.

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