Gebreselassie condemns mixing sports with politics

Wednesday, December 15th, 2021 00:00 | By
Ethiopia's legend Haile Gebreselassie. PHOTO/COURTESY

Ethiopia’s multiple Olympic gold medallist Haile Gebreselassie has
strongly opposed attempts of some Western politicians and countries to disrupt the 2022 Winter Olympics with calls for a boycott.

In a recent interview with Xinhua, Gebreselassie said the ongoing provocation by some Western politicians and countries to shun the upcoming Winter Olympics should be met seriously by the International
Olympic Committee (IOC).

“I see the move as unimportant and meaningless,” said Gebreselassie, who has won two Olympic gold medals over 10,000 meters and four World Championship titles, among others.

The veteran long-distance runner, who has also served as president of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation, underscored that recent boycott attempts
would not have any meaningful impact on the Beijing Winter Olympics.

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