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Ethiopia's Great Renaissance Dam is constructed in Guba Woreda

 

January 20, 2014

After all attempts to solve the Egyptian-Ethiopian crisis over the Renaissance Dam at the negotiating table ended in failure after a third round of negotiations on Jan. 4, with Egypt withdrawing from the discussions and conferences being held in Khartoum, there is now talk at the governmental level about internationalizing the issue. At the same time, Egypt is witnessing rising popular demands to resort to the UN Security Council to establish Egypt’s right to veto the establishment of the Renaissance Dam, given the potential danger it represents to Egyptian water security.

Khalid Wasif, the official spokesman for the minister of irrigation and water resources, revealed to Al-Monitor that Egypt has “begun to explore international channels for setting up alternative diplomatic and political tracks to ward off the dangers that might afflict the country if the Renaissance Dam is built, in light of the announced specifications of the dam.” He emphasized, “Egypt will not allow the dam to be built and will move to rally international pressure to prevent it from being funded. Moreover, Cairo will work [to secure] a public declaration by the international community rejecting the dam’s completion, in the absence of [Ethiopian] guarantees that Egypt and Egyptians will not suffer any loss in water security, nor will the other states of the Nile Basin. Egypt has rights guaranteed by international law and agreements, which the Ethiopian side is not respecting.”

Wasif added, “According to existing agreements governing the river — which require upriver states to notify Egypt in advance and obtain its consent prior to embarking on any projects that would affect the Nile sources — Egypt’s is the stronger legal position. Yet, Egypt has nevertheless insisted upon resolving the issue in a friendly manner, through reciprocal dialogue with the Ethiopian side, devoid of any escalation. But the government in Addis Ababa has shown no appreciation for this fact. Thus, Egypt has refused to continue the latest Khartoum meetings, given Ethiopia’s insistence on not providing the necessary guarantees that Egypt’s share of the water supply will remain secure.”

Rida al-Dimak, the director of the Center for Water Projects at Cairo University’s Engineering College, told Al-Monitor, “The development of alternative supplies of water must be accelerated, to replace the water that will be lost as a result of the construction of the Renaissance Dam. Foremost among these alternative sources is the exchange of wellspring [water] with the [Democratic Republic of the] Congo, transferring water from the Congo River to the Nile, so as to guarantee that the amount of water available to Egypt remains constant.”

Dimak warned against the completion of the Renaissance Dam according to its current specifications, stating that it would constitute a violation of human rights. The social and environmental effects, he explained, must be taken into consideration whenever a new water project is built, in accordance with inviolable international conventions. Some international reports have confirmed that the Ethiopian dam will result in a shortage of drinking water and destruction of a great deal of Egyptian agricultural land. This, he states, provides the foundation for Egypt’s right to object to the dam in international forums.

For his part, former Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Muhammad Nasr al-Din Allam said in an interview with Al-Monitor that the Egyptian government no longer has any alternative but to move quickly to take steps toward international escalation. The first of these, he states, should be to lodge an official protest against the government in Addis Ababa, formally declaring Egypt’s rejection of the project.

“This right is guaranteed to us by old agreements signed and recognized internationally, and which were conditioned upon notifying Egypt in advance before any Nile-related project was established. This protest ought to be followed by the lodging of an official complaint with the UN to establish Egypt’s position and [remonstrate against] Ethiopian intransigence, as well as to formally demand the formation of an international fact-finding committee to study the points of disagreement between Egypt and Ethiopia. These points include the dam’s capacity, the period of time needed to fill it, [details concerning its] operation, the project’s unsound and unsafe construction and the lack of rigorous Ethiopian studies demonstrating that the dam is not vulnerable to collapse, something that would have disastrous consequences for both Egypt and Sudan,” Allam noted.

Allam stressed the need for Egypt to demand that construction on the Ethiopian dam be halted at once, until the fact-finding committee completes its work. According to Allam, this would require “a period of, at most, three to six months.” Moreover, he added, “A copy of the committee’s report should be brought before the UN, to demonstrate the damage that the dam would wreak upon Egypt, which should then head to the Security Council.”

In an interview with the daily El Fagr on Jan. 9, Ayman Salama, an Egyptian expert in international law, stressed that the Egyptian government would be justified in taking its case to the UN Security Council, even though “one cannot adopt international arbitration to settle the crisis, since that would require the assent of both parties to the conflict to adopt this formulation of crisis resolution. The Ethiopian government has indicated that it will be highly intransigent on this issue. International arbitration has therefore become extremely unlikely. But Egypt might be able to turn to the Security Council. This, however, would require the preparation of a file containing documented facts of legal and material evidence of the harm that this dam would incur, both to Egypt and to its vital interests. The issue must be shown to threaten the peace and security of the two countries. [If successful], a number of measures could then be taken by the Security Council to compel Ethiopia to meet Egyptian demands.”

Egypt’s National Defense Council has already held an emergency session on Jan. 8, headed by President Adly Mansour and dedicated to reviewing internal developments and the domestic Egyptian security situation. With the irrigation and water resources minister in attendance, the council also examined the latest developments concerning Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam and the steps being taken on that front to preserve Egyptian water security. It also noted the steps devoted to reducing or eliminating any negative effects that the soon-to-be-built dam might have on Egypt or the other states of the Nile Basin. The council also stressed that Egypt’s water rights must not be squandered, and that it would not accept any undermining of Egyptian national security.

These steps, and Egyptian moves toward international escalation and the internationalization of the Renaissance Dam crisis, follow years of Egyptian insistence upon solving the crisis through mutual dialogue at the negotiating table.

Source: Al-Monitor

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  1. Bayeh Alemayehu Teka

    January 22, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Alie Assefa I like your answer. It’s well said. With God Of Israel’s, Our Lord, Adonai help, we will finish it.

  2. Anonymous

    January 22, 2014 at 11:48 am

    that ur false stetment embody is it comes .u lose ur chance .that mean only ur way one things .that is negotiant with ethio . ur negative is neither . so forget that ur old FASCISM. frist before u come on table for agreement eliminate ur old erstwhile Propaganda .this generation is it doesn.t go back .because this is. 2oTH centuries .think more like erudite.now the time is like that. anyway STOP ur false explanation for world media .nobody scare ur false journal ?ETHIO IS UNDER CONTROL OF GOD .THATWAY WE PROUD.GOD IS GREAT<3

  3. Alie Assefa

    January 22, 2014 at 7:43 am

    So, let’s take a look at Satan’s strategies against God’s people in Nehemiah chapter 4:

    The First Attack is found in:
    Nehemiah 4:1-3 — When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stonesback to life from those heaps of rubble— burned as they are?” Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, “What they are building—if even a fox climbed up on it, he would break down their wall of stones!”
    The first attack against God’s people rebuilding the wall was verbal.
    Sanballat and his barkada began by mocking the workers in Jerusalem and attacking their confidence:
    “What are those feeble Jews doing?”
    “Hey! Are you gonna finish that wall today?”
    “Nice wall! I hope the wind doesn’t get any stronger!”
    Did you ever know someone like this?
    A bully in school?
    Someone who was always putting others down to make themselves feel bigger?

    Does Satan attack you like this?
    Someone who doesn’t like you says mean things to you or about you:
    “Hey, pangit.”
    Or maybe it’s your own friends or family.
    “Tamad ka!”
    Or maybe they talk about you, but to other people and you just hear about it later.
    King David was familiar with the verbal attacks of Satan:
    Psalm 64:2-4 — Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, from that noisy crowd of evildoers. They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their words like deadly arrows. They shoot from ambush at the innocent man; they shoot at him suddenly, without fear.

    Well, however it happens, what’s your response when Satan attacks you with words?
    Well, let’s look at what Nehemiah and the people of Jerusalem did:

    First of all, they Prayed.

    Look at:
    Nehemiah 4:4-5 — Hear us, O our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity. Do not cover up their guilt or blot out their sins from your sight, for they have thrown insults in the face of the builders.

    Here’s the principle that we can learn from Nehemiah:
    When people talk against you, don’t talk back — talk to God.

    You see, Nehemiah was Governor of Judah —
    he had the power and authority to punish anyone he wanted!
    He was the personal servant of King Artaxerxes.
    If he wanted to punish these mockers, no one could stop him.
    But he didn’t.
    When they talked against him, he talked to God.

    The second thing the people in chapter 4 did when Satan attacked them is:
    They continued the work.
    Nehemiah 4:6 — So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.
    It’s not always easy to do the Lord’s work.
    Sometimes it’s very difficult to do the work of God.
    But the most difficult time to do the work of God is when someone is mocking you or laughing at you.
    And this is exactly why Satan uses verbal attacks against God’s people.
    And his goal is to destroy us.
    But even if he doesn’t destroy us, if he can distract us enough that we stop doing God’s work, then Satan is still satisfied.

    But, despite all of Satan’s verbal abuse in chapter 4, the people of God continued to work.

    So, Satan had to make another attack
    The Second Attack of Satan against God’s people was:
    Physical Opposition to the Work; physical violence

    Nehemiah 4:7-8 — But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the men of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it.
    v. 11 — Also our enemies said, “Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end to the work.”
    You know, Satan is a violent creature:

    1 Peter 5:8 — Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
    1 Corinthians 5:5 — hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be destroyed…
    Revelation 12:12 — …Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.

    Satan is a violent creature: He devours and destroys people and he is filled with fury.
    When his verbal attack against God’s people failed and the work of God continued,
    Satan increased his attack.
    He attacked them with physical violence.
    Sanballat, Tobiah and the others didn’t know that they were being used by Satan, but they were.
    So they got their weapons ready and made their plans to kill Nehemiah and the people of Jerusalem.

    And what was the Response of God’s People this time?
    They prayed, stuck together, helped each other, and continued the work.

    First of all, when this new attack came at them, they prayed.
    Nehemiah 4:9 — But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.

    You know, we always say that prayer comes first,
    but too often we find that we’ve already made a decision, or we’ve already responded to a situation,
    or we’ve already taken some action and then we remember that we forgot to pray first.
    Now, notice that I didn’t say “Pray only.”
    I said “Pray first.”
    We need to pray, yes — but we also need to act.
    verse 9 said: we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.
    This is the second response of God’s people:
    After they prayed, they made sure to help one another.
    Nehemiah 4:12-20 — Then the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times over, “Wherever you turn, they will attack us.”
    Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows.
    After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”
    When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to his own work.
    >From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor. The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked. But the man who sounded the trumpet stayed with me.
    Then I said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “The work is extensive and spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall.
    Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!”
    verse 4:22 — At that time I also said to the people, “Have every man and his helper stay inside Jerusalem at night, so they can serve us as guards by night and workmen by day.” Neither I nor my brothers nor my men nor the guards with me took off our clothes; each had his weapon, even when he went for water.

    When Satan attacked the people of God in Jerusalem, they stuck together and helped each other.
    As I said earlier, Satan is not as powerful as God, but he is still powerful.
    In order to defeat him, God’s people need to stick together and help each other.
    There’s an old saying that says: “United we conquer. Divided we fall.”
    And that’s true — if we are divided and each of us is trying to resist Satan all by ourselves, we will fail.
    But if we’ll stick together and help one another like the people of Jerusalem did,
    We will overcome the attacks of Satan.
    And the third response of God’s people to this physical attack of Satan is that they CONTINUED THE WORK.
    Nehemiah 4:21 — So we continued the work with half the men holding spears, from the first light of dawn till the stars came out.
    It wasn’t easy.
    Their work force was cut in half because half the workers had to be used as guards,
    But they never gave up the work!
    And remember: the reason why Satan attacks God’s people is to destroy us.
    But even if he doesn’t destroy us, if he can distract us enough that we stop doing God’s work, then he is still satisfied.

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On the TPLF’s Love Affair With ‘Genocide’

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Ethiopia's Lalibela, a UN World Heritage Site, now under Tigrayan forces control

Today, the joint investigation report by the Ethiopian Human Rights Council and the UNHR
on human rights violations committed in Tigray concluded that there is no evidence that genocide has taken place so far. While this is a bit of a setback for the TPLF, which has wanted the world to believe—since the 1990s, even as the TPLF was dominating power in Addis—that a genocide has been perpetrated against the people of Tigray, unfortunately the group still appears to be determined to make genocide a reality. This is confusing for people who don’t understand why the TPLF is obsessed with genocide, why its internet cadres began using #TigrayGenocide in April 2020, months before the war began. So many weapons have been deployed in this war, and among them: confusion and obfuscation.


In the past several months and more so in the past few weeks, we have been getting
testimony after testimony from allied Amhara forces fighting the TPLF that Tigrayan residents of cities in Wollo have been collaborating with the TPLF by a) attacking ENDF and allied forces from behind; b) forcing ENDF and allied forces to withdraw from towns and cities afraid of committing large scale massacres by firing back at the civilians (Tigrayans) firing at them; c) helping the TPLF locate and execute young Amharas believed to be a threat; and d) in at least one horrifying account by an IDP who managed to escape occupied territories, handing TPLF soldiers a list of women to rape. Another shocking development in the past several months has been the widespread use of child soldiers by the TPLF, which, according to experts who have studied the practice, is an “alarm bell” calling attention to possible plans to commit mass atrocities. The use of child soldiers by the TPLF and its attendant implications, along with the widespread deployment of civilian sleeper agents in Amhara cities the TPLF has taken over, serves to create an overall perception of every Tigrayan as a potential enemy, sowing fear and mistrust.

Many Ethiopians are looking at this and wondering: why are Tigrayan elites on the internet
either celebrating the TPLF’s advance via these toxic methods or silent about all this? How can they not see how dangerous this is for everyone, especially for Tigrayans who live outside Tigray? How can they not see that there is no “winning” after stoking all this lasting animosity? Do Tigrayan elites not understand that there can be no justice for Tigray—whether Tigray secedes or not—unless there is justice for her neighbors, for Tigray does not exist in a vacuum? The questions are being asked but nobody is answering them. Our academic class has largely failed to offer viable analyses of the ideas driving this war, as they failed over the past fifty years in regards to coming up with a fitting paradigm for understanding Ethiopia’s unique situation.


Here is my humble attempt to explain what I think is happening with the TPLF’s obsession
with—and with its active attempt to inspire—genocide:


The most successful psychopaths in any field understand that, in order to win anything, one
must risk everything, including the very thing one is supposedly fighting for. In the case of the
TPLF (and associated Tigrayan political elites), whose motto appears to be “give me supremacy or give me death,” that “everything” they are risking is the lives of ordinary Tigrayans in whose names they are fighting. We have seen over the past several months the extent to which the TPLF is willing to go to sacrifice ordinary Tigrayans in order to get what it wants: wave after wave after wave of young poorly armed and inexperienced Tigrayans were unleashed upon ENDF and Amhara and Afar forces in order to force the latter to waste ammunition and energy before the more experienced soldiers are sent.


So, for a political group who sends tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of
young Tigrayans towards open fire, violence against hundreds of thousands of Tigrayans is nothing if it means the TPLF will in the end win the “prize” it has been obsessed with for decades: genocide. You see, merely attaining power in Addis Ababa is not enough for the TPLF, whose core driving ideology is Tigrayan supremacy. Power is temporary; anybody can take it away from you, and the 2018 uprisings demonstrated that. Genocide is forever. Nobody can take away from you the story of genocide committed against your people.


The TPLF looked at countries like Israel and Rwanda and realized what a potent instrument
genocide is for establishing perpetual minority rule. We have some indications suggesting that the TPLF views Israel as a model. When the war between Ethiopia and the TPLF began in November 2020, Sekoutoure Getachew, a TPLF official, went on TV to tell us that the TPLF’s decision to launch a preemptive attack on the Northern Command was inspired by how the young state of Israel, feeling threatened by her neighbors, launched preemptive attacks against them in the “six-day war” of 1967. Another indication is the manner in which the TPLF, during its 27 years in power, invested heavily in creating a wealthy and strongly networked Tigrayan diaspora which has been used to lobby and influence western governments and organizations much in the same way as the Jewish diaspora aids the state of Israel. The TPLF has figured out that truth does not matter in politics, especially in international politics. If you have the wealth and the personnel to peddle your preferred narrative, if you have the military power to subdue the people you want to subdue, if you are willing to make concessions to external forces (US, Egypt, etc), you can do unspeakable things to others (much like the state of Israel does to Palestinians) and still manage to portray yourself as the victim.
This calculation is so far working for the TPLF, but nothing would seal the deal like the actual
commission of genocide—or something that looks like it—against Tigrayans. As we have seen over the past twelve months, western governments and organizations have shown their willingness to adopt TPLF’s narratives without scrutiny and can easily reward the TPLF with its much pursued prize, genocide, even if actual genocide doesn’t take place.


But why does the TPLF need genocide to establish minority rule? Because, as we saw in their
first tenure in power, you can only rule with an iron fist for a limited period of time. Leaders of the TPLF are adherents of Tigrayan supremacy: the idea that Tigrayans, as the “only” heirs of the Axumite empire, are the natural rulers of the Ethiopian state, and cannot be ruled by “barbarians” south of them. The only acceptable power arrangement for the TPLF is one in which Tigrayans are either directly dominating political power or are the perpetual kingmakers pulling all the major strings. Anything outside that, any system that forces Tigrayans to live on equal footing with everyone else, is unacceptable. And this kind of domination by a minority cannot coexist with a democratic system that the majority of Ethiopians clearly prefer. So, the TPLF needs something more potent than pure political/economic/military power to justify bypassing democracy to establish itself as the permanent ruler/kingmaker of Ethiopia. It needs a new and powerful raison d’être to justify its domination not just to Tigrayans and the rest of Ethiopians but, and most importantly, to the rest of the world. If a genocide were to be committed against Tigrayans (or if the U.S. decides to reward the TPLF with the genocide label even in the absence of it), then the TPLF can license itself to impose all manner of drastic measures aimed at “protecting Tigray and
Tigrayans.” This could be anything from redrawing internal borders (and taking debilitating
measures against the peoples whose lands are being robbed—most likely Amharas and Afaris—so that they will never be in a position to assert themselves) to ethnic cleansing and genocide against populations considered to be a threat. And when you oppose it, the TPLF will say “you committed a genocide against Tigrayans” over and over and over, and its western backers will repeat the same chorus. If they have been this loud over a non-existent genocide over the past twelve months, just imagine what it would be like if the U.S. or UN rewards them with that label.


And this is where the Ethiopian government’s major dilemma comes from: if ENDF and
Amhara forces fight to regain their cities and towns, they risk committing large scale massacres. The TPLF networks reported to be operating within these cities wear civilian clothing and fire at the armies from inside civilian establishments, in an apparent attempt to set up pro-Ethiopia forces. Pro-Ethiopia forces are essentially being dared to commit large scale massacres in order to win back their own cities. So far, they are choosing to withdraw from these towns and cities. But that is another problem: not only is the TPLF committing unspeakable violence against civilians and destroying infrastructure in those cities, the takeovers are emboldening it to continue pressing, giving young people back in Tigray false hope that they are winning and—this is very important—the false idea that they are being “welcomed” by locals in those cities. Then more and more and more young Tigrayans are sent to their deaths.


So the Ethiopian government is stuck between a rock and a hard place. One option is
allowing its forces to do whatever it takes to take back territory, thereby offering protection to its citizens in Wollo and elsewhere, but also risking the “genocide” label by western governments who have been eagerly waiting for such an opportunity so that they can blackmail the government into submitting itself to their wishes on GERD and other issues. Option two is avoiding large scale violence and allowing the TPLF to take power in Addis Ababa and do to Ethiopia what it wishes. One of the things it might do to Ethiopia, according to its leaked strategy document, is force a confederation that will no doubt privilege some states, i.e. Tigray, more than others, and that will no doubt be designed to subdue some populations—mainly Amharas and Afaris—who are considered obstacles to Tigray’s aspirations of domination and expansion (in the TPLF’s original manifesto, Afar is claimed as Tigray land).


And there is absolutely no doubt that the TPLF will make big concessions on the GERD in
order to compensate its western and Egyptian backers, if not redraw borders to make Benishangul Gumuz Tigrayan territory. If you think this is wild, read about the history of the state of Israel, the TPLF’s model state. The redrawing of borders that the TPLF undertook in 1991 was also wild at the time; people don’t think of it as outrageous anymore because the fact that they held onto the territory for 30 years has normalized the event in our minds. And that’s all the TPLF needs: another thirty years to normalize all the outrageous things they will do next.

One may argue that this is a false dichotomy, that there is a third or even maybe fourth option: winning these cities back without mass violence much in the same way the ENDF managed to do during its first campaign in Tigray. We all should pray for such a miracle, of course. However, one can also say that in the early days of the war, the TPLF was mostly withdrawing from Tigrayan cities to avoid urban warfare. And even when they engaged in urban warfare, it was not at the same scale and intensity as has been the case over the past four and half months or so. Starting in mid June, the TPLF’s use of civilians as human shields and fighters stopped being just another weapon in its arsenal and became a center of its operations. The near collapse of the ENDF inside Tigray right before its withdrawal was precipitated by the TPLF’s intensified use of “civilians” to trap the ENDF. Many ENDF soldiers chose to surrender rather than fire at those “civilians.” It is still possible to avoid large scale violence in the attempt to retake towns in Wollo, but the risk for it is very high, and is possibly behind the federal government’s reluctance to take decisive actions.


The point is: barring miracles, the Ethiopian government is positioned to lose something
one way or another. All that is left is choosing its preferred poison. Perhaps one thing to consider for the federal government is: the rights of Amharas and Afaris to defend themselves against the existential threats posed against them by the TPLF is much bigger than the national government’s concerns about its place and relationships with the rest of the world. If the federal government decides to risk the disintegration of Ethiopia, like it has done so far either due to incompetence or severe fear of committing large scale violence, that is fine for the federal government. But when you allow that disintegration to happen, please don’t leave the people of Amhara and Afar in a vulnerable position, unable to defend themselves and their lands. If we must return to the State of Nature, at least give these two peoples, who have so far shed more blood than anyone else in defense of their country, a chance to preserve their lives and their lands. Give them the resources they need to defend themselves before it is too late for them even if you feel it is too late for Ethiopia. Anything less is just a continuation of the gross criminal negligence that the federal government has been guilty of so far.

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በቶኪዮ 2020 ኦሊምፒክ በወረቀት ደረጃ ከውድድሩ መጀመር በፊት ቡድኑ ባመዛኙ በጥሩ ብቃት ላይ የሚገኙ ወጣት አትሌቶችን ስላካተተ ቢያንስ የለመድናቸውን ሁለት ወይም ሶስት የወርቅ ሜዳልያ ድሎች እንደማያሳጣን ተስፋ አድርጌ ነበር፡፡ ሆኖም የሜዳ ላይ ውጤቱ እንደተጠበቀው ሳይሆን ቀርቷል፡፡ ኢትዮጵያ በውጤታማነቷ በምትታወቅበት የአትሌቲክስ ፉክክር በአንድ የወርቅ፣ አንድ የብር፣ እና ሁለት የነሐስ በድምሩ በአራት ሜዳልያዎች ከዓለም 14ኛ ከአፍሪካ 3ኛ ደረጃን ይዛ ጨርሳለች፡፡ ይህም ሁሌም ለአፍሪካ የበላይነት ከምንፎካከራት ኬንያ ጋር ያለን ልዩነት ይበልጥ እንዲሰፋ አድጎታል፡፡ ከቅርብ ግዜ ወዲህ ሌላኛዋ የምስራቅ አፍሪካ ተቀናቃኛችን እየሆነች ከመጣችው ኡጋንዳም አንሰን እንድንገኝ አድርጎናል፡፡ የቶኪዮ ኦሊምፒክ በአትሌቲክሱ ከ1992ቱ የባርሴሎና ኦሊምፒክ ወዲህ ኢትዮጵያ ዝቅተኛ የሜዳልያ ስኬት ያስመዘገበችበትም ሆኖ አልፏል፡፡

አሉታዊ ጎኖች
ቶኪዮ የኢትዮጵያ አትሌቲክስ ውጤታማነት ፈር ቀዳጅ የሆነው ታላቁ አትሌት ሻምበል አበበ ቢቂላ በ1964 ዓ.ም. በተከታታይ ሁለተኛ የኦሊምፒክ ማራቶን ድሉን የተቀዳጀባት ከተማ ናት፡፡ እናም በቶኪዮ ከተማ በተከናወነው የኦሊምፒክ ውድድር የኢትዮጵያ ልዑካን ቡድን የሱን ክብር የሚያጎሉባቸውን ነገሮች ያደርጋሉ ብዬ ጠብቄ ነበር፡፡ የሆኑት ነገሮች ግን በተለይ በቡድኑ አስተዳዳሪዎች በኩል ፍፁም ኃላፊነት የጎደለውና ከጠበቅኩት በተቃራኒው ነበር፡፡ የኢትዮጵያ አትሌቲክስ ፌዴሬሽን እና የኢትዮጵያ ኦሊምፒክ ኮሚቴ ከአትሌቶች ምርጫ አንስቶ በቡድኑ የዝግጅት ወቅት በተካረረ ውዝግብ ውስጥ ነበር የከረሙት፡፡ የኦሊምፒክ ቡድኑን የማዘጋጀት እና የመምራት የጋራ ኃላፊነት የነበረባቸው ሁለቱ አካላት ይባስ ብለው ውዝግቡን ቶኪዮ ድረስ ይዘውት ሄደዋል፡፡ ይህ ሁሉ ሲሆን ሁለቱን አካላት በማቀራረብ በትልቁ ውድድር ላይ ያለንን ተሳትፎ እንከን አልባ ማድግ የሚጠበቅባቸውም ተመልካች ከመሆን የዘለለ ሚና አልነበራቸውም። የውዝግቡ አሉታዊ ትሩፋት በአትሌቶች ስነልቦና እና በአጠቃላይ የቡድኑ ውጤት ላይ የበኩሉን ተፅዕኖ ሳያሳርፍ እንዳላለፈ አያጠራጥርም፡፡

እንደ አለመታደል ሆኖ በቶኪዮ ኦሎምፒክ የኢትዮጵያን ልዑካን የመምራት ትልቁ ኃላፊነት የተሰጣቸው ሰዎች ኃላፊነት የጎደላቸው ነበሩ። የስፖርቱ አስተዳደሪዎች ትላልቅ ዓለም አቀፍ ውድድሮች በመጡ ቁጥር በአትሌቶች ምርጫ ዙሪያ የነበረውን ውዝግብ እንዲያቆሙልን እመኝ ነበር። ጭራሽ እራሳቸው ችግር ፈጣሪ ሆነው መገኘታቸው አስደንጋጭ እና አሳሳቢ ጉዳይ ነው፡፡ በመሮጫ መም ወይም በጎዳና ላይ በሚደረጉ ውድድሮች መሸነፍን በስፖርቱ ውስጥ ማሸነፍ እና መሸነፍ ያሉ የነበሩ እና ወደፊትም የሚኖሩ ነገሮች ስለሆኑ በፀጋ መቀበል ይቻላል፡፡ ተወዳዳሪዎቹ ውጤታማ እንዲሆኑ የስነልቦና ጥንካሬን ሊፈጥሩላቸው የሚገቡ ኃላፊዎች የእርስ በርስ ሽኩቻ ተቃራኒውን አሉታዊ ተፅዕኖ ሲያሳርፍ ማየት ግን ፍፁም ተቀባይነት የለውም፡፡ ለነገሩ ከስፖርቱ እድገት ይልቅ የፖለቲካ ግዴታቸው የሚያስጨንቃቸው የስፖርት አመራሮች በበዙባት ሀገር ስፖርቱ እንዲህ የማንም መጫወቻ ሲሆን ማየት አዲስ ነገር አይደለም፡፡  

የስፖርት አመራሮች ከፖለቲካ ተፅዕኖ ነፃ ሆነው ትኩረታቸውን ስፖርቱን በማስፋፋቱ እና ማሳደጉ ላይ አድርገው የሚሰሩ ስለስፖርቱም በቂ እውቀት እና ፍቅሩ ያላቸው ቢሆኑ መልካም ነው፡፡ ለቦታው በሚመጥን እና ኃላፊነቱን በአግባቡ መወጣት በሚችል የስፖርት አመራር የሚመራ የስፖርት ተቋምን መገንባት በተመሳሳይ ሰዓት የሀገር ግንባታን የሚደግፉ ሶስት ነገሮችን ስኬታማ ያደርጋል፡፡ በስፖርት ጤናውን የሚጠብቅ ማሕበረሰብ በመፍጠር በጤናው ሴክተር ላይ የሚኖረውን ጫና ይቀንሳል፣ በሀገር ገፅታ ግንባታ እና በኢኮኖሚው ዕድገት ላይም የበኩሉን ከፍተኛ አስተዋፅኦ ያደርጋል፡፡ በቶኪዮ ላይ የተመለከትናቸው የሀገርን ክብር ዝቅ ያደረጉ ግዴለሽነቶች ተገቢው ትኩረት ተሰጥቷቸው ሊታዩና አጥፊዎቹ ሊጠየቁበት ይገባል፡፡ በመጪዎቹ ዓመታት በሚጠብቁን ዓለም አቀፍ ውድድሮች ላይም የቶኪዮ ኦሊምፒኩን አይነት ሀፍረት እንዳይገጥመን ከወዲሁ ለችግሮቹ መፍትሔ መፈለግ አለበት፡፡

ባለፉት ዓመታት ኦሊምፒክ በመጣ ቁጥር በልዑካን ቡድኑ ውስጥ እየተካተቱ በሕዝብ ገንዘብ የሚዝናኑት የኦሊምፒክ ቱሪስቶች ጉዳይ ዘንድሮም ያልተቀረፈ ችግር ሆኖ ተስተውሏል፡፡ ከሌላው ግዜ በተለየ መልኩ ተጠባባቂ አትሌቶችን ይዞ መጓዝ ይጠይቅ በነበረው ውድድር ላይ አትሌቶቹን ትቶ ምንም የማይሰሩ ሰዎችን ይዞ መሄድ ትልቅ ቀልድ ነው፡፡  

ከሜዳ ውጭ የነበረው ውዝግብ ዋነኛ የትኩረት ማዕከል የነበረ መሆኑ በሜዳ ላይ የነበሩብንን ድክመቶች ሊያስረሳንም አይገባም፡፡ ስድስት የጎዳና ላይ ተወዳደሪዎቻችን እና አንድ የመም ተወዳዳሪ ውድድራቸውን ማቋረጣቸው በቶኪዮ ከታዩት ደካማ ጎኖቻችን መካከል የሚጠቀስ ነው፡፡ ችግሩ በዚህ ምክንያት ነው የተከሰተው ብሎ ለይቶ ለመናገር ባይቻልም ብዙ ግዜ ሲፈትነን ለሚስተዋለው የሞቃታማ ቦታ ውድድር የምናደርጋቸው ዝግጅቶችን መለስ ብሎ መመልከትን የሚጠይቅ ይመስለኛል፡፡ የተጎዳች አትሌትን ወደውድድር እንድትገባ ማድረግ እና በሁለት ደቂቃ ውስጥ ለማቋረጥ መገደዷም የአትሌቶች የጤና ክትትል ላይ ክፍተት እንዳለ የጠቆመን ክስተት ነው፡፡

የኢትዮጵያ ኦሊምፒክ ቡድን ወደውድድር ስፍራው ካቀናበት ግዜ ጀምሮ በቶኪዮ ምንም አይነት ቡድኑን የተመለከቱ ይፋዊ ጋዜጣዊ መግለጫዎች ወይም ፕሬስ ሪሊዞች አልነበሩም፡፡ ይህም እንደተለመደው የሕብረተሰቡን እና የመገናኛ ብዙሀንን ስለቡድኑ ቀጥተኛ መረጃ የማግኘት መብት የገደበ ነበር፡፡ ጋዜጠኞችም ሚዛናዊ ሆኖ ከመዘገብ ይልቅ ጎራ ለይተው ቃላት መወራወራቸው የህዝብን ትክክለኛ መረጃ የማግኘት መብት የነፈገ ነው፡፡ 

አዎንታዊ ጎኖች
ሰለሞን ባረጋ በወንዶች 10,000 ሜትር ወርቅ፣ ለሜቻ ግርማ በወንዶች 3000 ሜትር መሰናክል ብር፣ ጉዳፍ ፀጋዬ በሴቶች 5000 ሜትር ነሐስ፣ እና ለተሰንበት ግደይ በሴቶች 10,000 ሜትር ነሐስ ማስመዝገብ መቻላቸው የሚደነቅ ስኬት ነው፡፡

የመጪው ትውልድ አካል የሆኑት ተስፈኞቹ መቅደስ አበበ፣ ፍሬወይኒ ሀይሉ፣ በሪሁ አረጋዊ እና ጌትነት ዋለን ጨምሮ አምስት አትሌቶች ለሜዳሊያ የቀረበ የአራተኛነት ደረጃን ይዘው ማጠናቀቅ መቻላቸውም መልካም ነው፡፡ በተለይ ወጣቶቹ ያስመዘገቡት ውጤት በመጪዎቹ ዓመታት ተገቢውን ድጋፍ ካገኙ የምንጓጓለትን ድል ሊያስገኙልን እንደሚችሉ ያመላከተን ነው፡፡

የሀብታም አለሙ በኢትዮጵያ የኦሊምፒክ ተሳትፎ ታሪክ በሴቶች 800 ሜትር ለመጀመሪያ ግዜ ለፍፃሜ ተወዳዳሪነት መብቃት ምንም እንኳ በፍፃሜው የሜዳልያ ድል ባይቀናትም በአዎንታዊ ጎን ሊጠቀስ የሚችል ስኬት ነው፡፡

ከአንደኛ እስከ ስምንተኛ ደረጃን ይዘው ላጠናቀቁ አትሌቶች በሚሰጥ ነጥብ ድምር መሰረት በወጣው የነጥብ (ፕሌስመንት) ደረጃ ሰንጠረዥ ላይ በ64 ነጥብ ዘጠነኛ ሆነን ማጠናቀቃችንም እሰየው የሚያስብል ነው፡፡

በቶኪዮ ኦሊምፒክ ከአራተኛ እስከ ስምንተኛ ባሉት ደረጃዎች ውስጥ አጠናቀው ነጥብ ያስገኙ እና የዲፕሎማ ተሸላሚ የሆኑት አትሌቶች፡-
4ኛ – ፍሬወይኒ ሀይሉ – በሴቶች 1500 ሜትር
4ኛ – መቅደስ አበበ – በሴቶች 3000 ሜትር መሰናክል
4ኛ – ሮዛ ደረጀ – በሴቶች ማራቶን
4ኛ – በሪሁ አረጋዊ – በወንዶች 10,000 ሜትር
4ኛ – ጌትነት ዋለ – በወንዶች 3000 ሜትር መሰናክል
5ኛ – እጅጋየሁ ታዬ – በሴቶች 5000 ሜትር
6ኛ – ሀብታም አለሙ – በሴቶች 800 ሜትር
6ኛ – ሰንበሬ ተፈሪ – በሴቶች 5000 ሜትር
8ኛ – ዮሚፍ ቀጄልቻ – በወንዶች 10,000 ሜትር
8ኛ – ዘርፌ ወንድማገኝ – በሴቶች 3000 ሜትር መሰናክል

  • የአትሌቲክስ የነጥብ ደረጃ ሰንጠረዥ ከአንደኛ እስከ ስምንተኛ ባሉት ደረጃዎች ውስጥ የሚያጠናቅቁ አትሌቶች በሚያስመዘግቡት ነጥብ ድምር መሰረት የሚወጣ ሲሆን የነጥብ አሰጣጡም ለአንደኛ ደረጃ 8 ነጥብ፣ ለሁለተኛ ደረጃ 7 ነጥብ፣ ለሶስተኛ ደረጃ 6 ነጥብ፣ ለአራተኛ ደረጃ 5 ነጥብ፣ ለአምስተኛ ደረጃ 4 ነጥብ፣ ለስድስተኛ ደረጃ 3 ነጥብ፣ ለሰባተኛ ደረጃ 2 ነጥብ፣ እና ለስምንተኛ ደረጃ 1 ነጥብ ነው።

ከፊታችን ምን  እየጠበቀን ነው? ምንስ እናድርግ?
ባለፈው ዓመት በዓለም አቀፉ ወረርሺኝ ምክንያት ትልልቅ ዓለም አቀፍ ውድድሮች ለሌላ ግዜ እንዲተላለፉ መደረጉ ይታወቃል፡፡ ሌላ አስገዳጅ ሁኔታ ካልተፈጠረ በስተቀር ቀጣዮቹ አራት ዓመታት በተከታታይ በየዓመቱ ዓለም አቀፍ የአትሌቲክስ ውድድሮች የሚካሄዱባቸው ይሆናሉ፡፡ በ2022 የዓለም ሻምፒዮና፣ በ2023 የዓለም ሻምፒዮና፣ በ2024 የኦሊምፒክ ጨዋታዎች፣ እና በ2025 የዓለም ሻምፒዮና ውድድሮች ይኖራሉ፡፡ በቀጣዩ ዓመት በኢትዮጵያ የቀን አቆጣጠር ከሐምሌ 8 – 17/2014 በዩናይትድ ስቴትስ ኦሪጎን የሚካሄደው የዓለም አትሌቲክስ ሻምፒዮና አዘጋጆች ሙሉ የውድድሩን ፕሮግራም፣ የማራቶን እና የእርምጃ ውድድሮች የሚካሄዱባቸውን ቦታዎች በትላንትናው ዕለት ይፋ አድርገዋል፡፡ የዓለም ሻምፒዮናውን ውድድር በኃላፊነት የሚመራው የኢትዮጵያ አትሌቲክስ ፌዴሬሽንም ከወዲሁ ለዛ ውድድር ተሳትፎ የሚጠበቅበትን አቅዶ መንቀሳቀስ ይኖበርታል፡፡

ከምርጫ ጋር በተያያዘ የሚነሱ ጭቅጭቆችን ለማስቀረት ከወዲሁ ሁሉም አትሌቶች አውቀውት በውስጡ የሚያልፉበትን ገዢ የሆነ የመምረጫ መስፈርት ማዘጋጀት ቀዳሚው ተግባር መሆን አለበት፡፡ የመምረጫ መስፈርት ሁልግዜም በግላዊ ምልከታ እና ፍላጎቶች ላይ በሚመሰረት ምክንያት አነጋጋሪ መሆኑ የማይቀር ነው፡፡ ቢሆንም ባለድርሻ አካላቱን በሙሉ ባሳተፈ መልኩ ውይይት ተደርጎበት ቢወጣ ሁሉንም ገዢ እና ከጭቅጭቅ የፀዳ ሊሆን ይችላል፡፡ እዚህ ላይ በቶኪዮ ኦሊምፒክ ከተከሰቱት ሁኔታዎች አንፃር የሌሎች ሀገሮችንም ተሞክሮዎች በመዳሰስ ነገሩን ሰፋ አድርጎ መመልከት ቢቻል ጥሩ ነው፡፡ ትልልቅ ውድድሮች በመጡ ቁጥር በተደጋጋሚ እንደታዘብነው አንዳንድ አትሌቶች በቡድኑ ውስጥ ለመካተት የሚያደርጉትን ተገቢ ያልሆነ ሙከራም ማቆም አለባቸው፡፡ ከፋም ለማም ስፖርቱን እንዲመራ ኃላፊነት የተሰጠው ተቋም የሚያወጣቸውን መስፈርቶች ማክበርና በዛ ውስጥ ተመራጭ ለመሆን መሞከር ግድ እንደሚላቸውም መዘንጋት የለባቸውም፡፡ ማኔጀሮች እና አሰልጣኞች በተለይ በማራቶን የራሳቸውን አትሌት ለማስመረጥ የሚያደርጓቸው አላስፈላጊ ግፊቶችም ሊያቆሙ ይገባል፡፡

ለውድድሮች የምናደርጋቸውን ዝግጅቶች ጠንካራ እና ደካማ ጎኖች ከውድድሮች በኋላ መገምገም እና መታረም ያለባቸው ነገሮች ካሉ ማረም፡፡ ከፍተኛ ሙቀት በነበረባቸው በለንደን 2012 ኦሊምፒክ ሶስቱም የወንዶች ማራቶን ተወዳዳሪዎቻችን፣ በሞስኮ 2013 የዓለም ሻምፒዮና ሁለቱ የሴቶች ማራቶን ተወዳዳሪዎቻችን፣ በቶኪዮ ኦሊምፒክ ላይ አምስት የማራቶን (ሶስቱም ወንዶች እና ሁለት ሴቶች) ተወዳዳሪዎቻችን እንዲሁም የሴቶች እርምጃ ተወዳዳሪያችን ለማቋረጥ መገደዳቸውን አስተውለናል፡፡ ስለዚህ በጎዳና ላይ ውድድሮች ከባድ ሙቀት ለሚኖርባቸው ቦታዎች እንዴት መዘጋጀት አለብን የሚለው ጉዳይም በደንብ ሊታይ የሚገባው ይመስለኛል፡፡ አንዳንድ የመም (ትራክ) ተወዳዳሪ አትሌቶቻችን የውድድር ዓመቱ ሲጀምር ድንቅ ብቃታቸውን ያሳዩን እና ወደትልቅ ውድድር ሲቃረቡ አቋማቸው እየወረደ ይመጣል፡፡ አሰልጣኞቻቸው ለእነዚህ አይነቶቹ አትሌቶች ወደትልቅ ውድድር ሲቃረቡ ብቃታቸውን እያሳደጉ እንዲሄዱ የሚረዳቸውን የልምምድ ፕሮግራም ቢያዘጋጁላቸው መልካም ነው፡፡ በመካከለኛ ርቀት ውድድሮች ላይ በተለይ በወንዶች አሁንም በከፍተኛ ደረጃ የሚፎካከሩ አትሌቶችን ለማፍራት ጠንክረን መስራት ይጠበቅብናል፡፡

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በሴቶች 5000 ሜትር የፍፃሜ ውድድር ላይ የሚፎካከሩት ኢትዮጵያውያን አትሌቶች

በቶኪዮ ኦሊምፒክ የመጀመሪያዎቹ ሁለት ቀናት የኢትዮጵያ አትሌቶች የተሳተፉባቸው የወንዶች 3000 ሜትር መሰናክል፣ 800 ሜትር በሁለቱም ፆታዎች፣ እንዲሁም የሴቶች 5000 ሜትር ማጣሪያዎች ሌላኛዎቹ የኢትዮጵያውያን የትኩረት ማዕከል የነበሩ ውድድሮች ናቸው፡፡ ቀጣዩ ዘገባ የኢትዮጵያውያኑን የማጣሪያ ውድድሮች ተሳትፎ እና ውጤቶች አንዲሁም ተጨማሪ መረጃዎችን ይዟል፡፡

የወንዶች 3000 ሜትር መሰናክል

በአትሌቲክስ ውድድሩ የመክፈቻ ቀን (ዓርብ ሐምሌ 23/2013) ጠዋት ላይ በተካሄደው የወንዶች 3000 ሜትር መሰናክል ማጣሪያ ከተሳተፉት ሶስት ኢትዮጵያውያን አትሌቶች መካከል ከምድብ አንድ ለሜቻ ግርማ (8፡09.83) በአንደኛነት፣ ከምድብ ሁለት ጌትነት ዋለ (8፡12.55) በሁለተኛነት ለፍፃሜው ሲያልፉ በምድብ ሶስት የተወዳደረው ታደሰ ታከለ (8፡24.69) ስምንተኛ ወጥቶ ለፍፃሜው ሳያልፍ ቀርቷል፡፡ ለሜቻ ጃፓናዊው ሚዩራ ዩጂን እና ኬንያዊው ቤንጃሚን ኪይገንን በማስከተል ከምድቡ ያሸነፈበት 8:09.83 በኦሊምፒክ የማጣሪያ ውድድሮች ላይ የተመዘገበ የምንግዜውም ፈጣን ሰዓት ሆኗል፡፡ የወንዶች 3000 ሜትር መሰናክል የፍፃሜ የሜዳልያ ፉክክር በዋናነት በኬንያውኑ ቤንጃሚን ኪገን እና አብራሀም ኪቢዎት፣ በኢትዮጵያውያኑ ለሜቻ ግርማ እና ጌትነት ዋለ እንዲሁም በሞሮኳዊው ሶፊያን ኤል ባካሊ መካከል እንደሚሆን ይጠበቃል፡፡

ኢትዮጵያ በወንዶች 3000 ሜትር መሰናክል በ1980ው የሞስኮ ኦሊምፒክ በሻምበል እሸቱ ቱራ አማካይነት ካስመዘገበችው የነሐስ ሜልያ ድል ወዲህ በርቀቱ በወንዶች ምንም አይነት የኦሊምፒክ ሜዳልያ ድል የላትም፡፡ ሆኖም ከቅርብ ግዜ ወዲህ እየታዩ የመጡ መሻሻሎች እና በዶሀው የዓለም ሻምፒዮና ላይ የተመዘገበው የብር ሜዳልያ ድል በቶኪዮም ሌላ ሜዳልያን ተስፋ እንድናደርግ ያነሳሳን ሆኗል፡፡ ዘግይቶ የተሰላፊ አትሌቶች ለውጥ ከተደረገባቸው ርቀቶች አንዱ በሆነው የወንዶች 3000 ሜትር መሰናክል በተጠባባቂነት የተመዘገበውና በዋናነት በ5000 ሜትር እንደሚወዳደር ይጠበቅ የነበረው ጌትነት ዋለ ወደመጀመሪያ ተሰላፊነት የመጣ ሲሆን ኃይለማሪም አማረ በመጨረሻ ሰዓት በለሜቻ ግርማ መተካቱም አነጋጋሪ የሆነ ሌላኛው ለውጥ ነው፡፡ ጌትነት በ3000 ሜትር መሰናክልም ጠንካራ ተፎካካሪ አትሌት ሲሆን በዶሀ የዓለም ሻምፒዮና ላይ አራተኛ ሆኖ ማጠናቀቅ ችሏል፡፡ በፍፃሜው ውድድር በ2019 የርቀቱ የዳይመንድ ሊግ ሻምፒዮን ጌትነት ዋለ እና በወቅቱ የዓለም ሻምፒዮና የብር ሜዳሊስት ለሜቻ ግርማ የሚወከለው የኢትዮጵያ ቡድን በቶኪዮ የኬንያውያኑን የበላይነት ለመግታትና አዲስ የስኬት ታሪክ ለማፃፍ እንደሚበቃ ተስፋ ተጥሎበታል፡፡                     

በ1984 በሎስ አንጀለስ ከተከናወነው የኦሊምፒክ ውድድር አንስቶ በተከታታይ በዘጠኝ የኦሊምፒክ ውድድሮች ወይም ላለፉት 36 ዓመታት የኦሊምፒክ የወንዶች 3000 ሜትር መሰናክል የወርቅ ሜዳልያ ድል በኬንያውያን ቁጥጥር ስር ይገኛል፡፡ በዓለም ሻምፒዮናም ተመሳሳይ የበላይነት ያላቸው ኬንያውያን ከ17 የዓለም ሻምፒዮና ውድድሮች በ14ቱ የወርቅ ሜዳልያው አሸናፊዎች ናቸው፡፡ ሆኖም ከሁለት ዓመት በፊት በዶሀው የዓለም ሻምፒዮና ላይ ከኢትዮጵያውያን እና ከሞሮኮ አትሌቶች የገጠማቸው ተግዳሮት ለመሸነፍ እጅግ አቅርቧቸው የነበረ መሆኑ አይዘነጋም፡፡ በአንድ ማይክሮ ሰከንድ ልዩነት አሸናፊነታቸውን ባረጋገጡበት በዶሀው ውድድር የተፈታተኗቸው ኢትዮጵያዊው ለሜቻ ግርማ እና ሞሮኳዊው ሶፊያን ኤል ባካሊ በቶኪዮው ፍፃሜ ለሌላ ብርቱ ፉክክር እየጠበቋቸው ይገኛሉ፡፡ ባለፉት ሁለት የዓለም ሻምፒዮናዎች በቅደም ተከተል የብር እና የነሐስ ሜዳልያን ያገኘው ሞሮኳዊው ሶፊያን ኤል ባካሊ በቶኪዮ ከሚወዳደሩት በሙሉ የላቀና 7፡58.15 የሆነ የራሱ ምርጥ ሰዓት ያለው ነው፡፡

ኬንያ በቶኪዮ ያለፈው ውድድር ሻምፒዮንነቱን ክብር የሚያስጠብቅላትን አትሌት ይዛ መቅረብ ሳትችል ቀርታለች፡፡ ከአምስት ዓመት በፊት በሪዮ የኦሊምፒክ እንዲሁም ከሁለት ዓመት በፊት በዶሀ የዓለም ሻምፒዮን የሆነው ኮንሰስለስ ኪፕሩቶ ባለፈው ወር በኬንያ የኦሊምፒክ ምርጫ ውድድር ላይ ውድድሩን ባለማጠናቀቁ የኦሊምፒክ ሻምፒዮንነት ክብሩን ለማስጠበቅ በቶኪዮ አልተገኘም፡፡ ስለዚህ አሁን የረጅም ግዜ የበላይነታቸውን የማስጠበቅ ኃላፊነቱ በ2019ኙ የዶሀ የዓለም ሻምፒዮና ላይ በቅደም ተከተል ስድስተኛ እና ሰባተኛ ሆነው ባጠናቀቁት ቤንጃሚን ኪገን እና አብራሀም ኪቢዎት ላይ ወድቋል፡፡  

የሴቶች 800 ሜትር

ከአትሌቲክሱ የጀመሪያ ቀን የጠዋት መርሀግብሮች አንዱ በነበረው የሴቶች 800 ሜትር ማጣሪያ በምድብ ሶስት በአሜሪካዊቷ አቲንግ ሙ ተቀድማ በ2 ደቂቃ ከ01.20 ሰከንድ ሁለተኛ የወጣችው ሀብታም አለሙ ለግማሽ ፍፃሜው ያለፈች ሲሆን በሁለተኛው ቀን ምሽት ላይ በተካሄደው የግማሽ ፍፃሜ ውድድር ላይም በአሜሪካዊቷ አቲንግ ሙ ተቀድማ በ1:58.40 ሁለተኛ በመሆን በኦሊምፒክ የውድድር ታሪክ ለመጀመሪያ ግዜ በርቀቱ ለፍፃሜ ውድድር የበቃች ኢትዮጵያዊት ሆናለች፡፡ ሀብታም ከውድድሩ በኋላ በቶኪዮ ለሚገኘው ባልደረባችን አብይ ወንድይፍራው በሰጠችው አጭር ቃል ‹‹ውድድሩ ትንሽ ፈታኝ ነበር ነገር ግን ለሀገሬ ስል ያለኝን አቅም ሁሉ ተጠቅሜያለሁ፡፡ ክብሩ ይስፋ ለመድኃኒዓለም በመጨረሻም አሪፍ ውጤት ላይ ደርሻለሁ፡፡ ለኦሊምፒክ የፍፃሜ ውድድር ሳልፍ የመጀመሪያዬ ነው፡፡ ከዚህ በፊትም ከኢትዮጵያ ለፍፃሜ የደረሰ ያለ አይመስለኝም እና አሁንም መጨረሻዬን ያሳምርልኝ ነው የምለው›› ብላለች፡፡  

በሴቶች 800 ሜትር የመጀመሪያ ዙር ማጣሪያ በምድብ አራት በ2.01.98 አራተኛ ሆና ያጠናቀቀችው ነፃነት ደስታ ወደ ግማሽ ፍፃሜው መቀላቀል ሳትችል ስትቀር በጀማሪዎች ስም ዝርዝር ላይ ስሟ ተካቶ በምድብ አንድ እንደምትሮጥ ስትጠበቅ የነበረችው ወርቅውሀ ጌታቸው ግልፅ ባልተደረገ ምክንያት ውድድሩን ሳትጀምር ቀርታለች፡፡

የወንዶ 800 ሜትር

የወንዶች 800 ሜትር የመጀመሪያ ዙር ማጣሪያ ላይ የተሳተፈው ኢትዮጵያዊው መለሰ ንብረት ከምድብ ሶስት በ1:47.80 ሰባተኛ ሆኖ በማጠናቀቅ ለግማሽ ፍፃሜው ማለፍ ሳይችል ቀርቷል፡፡ በመሐመድ አማን ስኬቶች በመነቃቃት ላይ የነበረው የወንዶች 800 ሜትር ከቅርብ ግዜ ወዲህ ኢትዮጵያ ሶስት ሰዓት የሚያሟሉ ተወካይ አትሌቶችን ለማግኘት እየተቸገረችበት የምትገኝ ርቀት እንደሆነ እየታየ ነው፡፡ የኦሊምፒክ ሚኒማ ማሟላት የቻለ አንድ አትሌት ብቻ ይዘን የቀረብንበት የቶኪዮ ኦሊምፒክም ይህ ችግር እንዳልተቀረፈ የታየበት ሌላኛው አጋጣሚ ሆኗል፡፡  

የሴቶች 5000 ሜትር ማጣሪያ

በአትሌቲክሱ የመጀመሪያ ቀን ሐምሌ 23/2013 ምሽት ላይ በተደረት የሴቶች 5000 ሜትር ማጣሪያ ላይ የተሳተፉት ሶስቱም ኢትዮጵያውያን አትሌቶች ሐምሌ 26/2013 ምሽት ላይ ለሚደረገው የፍፃሜ ውድድር አልፈዋል፡፡ ከምድብ አንድ ሰንበሬ ተፈሪ (14፡48.31) እና እጅጋየሁ ታዬ (14፡48.52) የኔዘርላንዷ ሲፋን ሀሳን (14፡47.89) እና ኬንያዊቷ አግነስ (14፡48.01) ቲሮፕን ተከትለው በቅደም ተከተል ሶተኛ እና አራተኛ ሆነው ሲያልፉ ከምድብ ሁለት ጉዳፍ ፀጋዬ (14፡55.74) ኬንያዊቷ ሔለን ኦቢሪ (14፡55.77) አስከትላ በአንደኛነት አልፋለች፡፡


ሐምሌ 26/2013 ምሽት ላይ በሚደረገው የሴቶች 5000 ሜትር የፍፃሜ ውድድር ላይ የሚፎካከሩት ኢትዮጵያውያን አትሌቶች

በሄንግሎ በተከናወነው የኢትዮጵያ የኦሊምፒክ ምርጫ ውድድር ላይ ባስመዘገበችው የራሷ ምርጥ 14:13.32 የርቀቱ የወቅቱ ፈጣን አትሌት ሆና ወደ ቶኪዮ ያቀናችው ጉዳፍ ለወርቅ ሜዳልያ ድል ከሚጠበቁት መካከል ናት፡፡ በሄንግሎው ውድድር ላይ ጉዳፍን በመከተል በቅደም ተከተል 14:14.09 እና 14፡15.24 በሆነ ሰዓት የጨረሱት እጅጋየሁ እና ሰንበሬም በዓለም የምንግዜም ምርጥ ዝርዝር ውስጥ የስድስተኛ እና ሰባተኛ ደረጃን ለመያዝ የበቁ ጠንካራ አትሌቶች ናቸው፡፡ የቶኪዮ ኦሊምፒክ የሴቶች 5000 ሜትር ተወዳዳሪዎች ዝርዝር ሶስቱን ኢትዮጵያውያን ጨምሮ ከዓለም የምንግዜም ምርጥ አስር የርቀቱ ሯጮች አምስቱን ያካተተ ነው፡፡ ኬንያውያኑ ሄለን ኦቢሪ እና አግነስ ቲሮፕ ከምንግዜም ምርጥ አስሮቹ ውስጥ የሚካተቱ ሲሆኑ በ12ኛ ደረጃ ላይ የምትገኘው ኔዘርላንዳዊቷ ሲፋን ሀሳንም የቶኪዮውን የፍፃሜ ፉክክር በጉጉት እንዲጠበቅ የምታደርግ ብርቱ አትሌት ናት፡፡

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