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Hailemedhin Abera Tegegn: Who Is The Ethiopian Airlines Hijacker, And Why Was He Desperate For Asylum

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on February 17 2014 2:45 PM

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Airline passengers en route to Italy were rerouted to Switzerland on Monday morning in a peaceful but puzzling hijacking episode, carried out by the plane’s own co-pilot.

Ethiopian Airlines flight ET702 was headed from Ethiopia’s capital city of Addis Ababa to Rome when the captain took a bathroom break. The first officer then locked himself inside the cockpit, reported the hijacking to airport transponders, and aimed his Boeing 767 toward Geneva. Reports indicate that the passengers were blissfully unaware of the situation until they touched down. They were heavily searched upon exiting the aircraft, after which the airline began efforts to get all 193 passengers – mostly Italian nationals – to their final destinations.

The unarmed hijacker’s own fate is unclear. Hailemedhin Abera Tegegn, 31, is an Ethiopian national who has worked for Ethiopian Airlines for five years. After landing safely around 6 a.m. local time, he disembarked from the aircraft through the cockpit window and handed himself over to the Swiss police, in whose custody he remains. The hijacker could face a prison sentence of up to 20 years on charges of hostage-taking.

Geneva police told reporters that Hailemedhin was requesting asylum in Geneva for fear of persecution in his native country, but the Ethiopian government released a statement saying that such action “flies in the face of Article 32 of the Ethiopian constitution, which guarantees the freedom of any citizen to leave the country at any time.”

recording of the radio communications between Hailemedhin and officials at the Geneva airport was published by Matthew Keys (@matthewkeyslive) shortly after the incident. The sound byte has Hailemedhin trying to ensure a favorable reception in Switzerland before landing. “We are still waiting for asylum; you said you were going to give,” he says, while his interlocutor on the ground protests that he is unable to make that decision. The two calmly exchange updates on altitude and wind direction before the plane finally touches down. “I will be coming out via the window,” Hailemedhin radios from the tarmac, and the airport official responds with a hesitant “Roger.”

Speculations abound regarding what might have prompted the copilot to attempt such a brazen escape. Hailemehdin is not unique in seeking to exit his home country; the latest data from UNHCR found that in the first half of 2013, nearly 42,000 people sought asylum from Ethiopia. This could have something to do with with fear of persecution; Ethiopian security forces have been criticized forcommitting human rights abuses against anti-government activists and religious or ethnic minorities. Poverty is another issue, with at least one-fourth of the population living below the poverty line.

But Ethiopia is also on of the world’s top 10 recipients of asylum applications from other countries. The country is pursuing ambitious developmental goals, can boast stability in a volatile region, and is home to one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies. Hailemedhin himself was a member of Ethiopia’s expanding middle class; he was well-educated and gainfully employed. Furthermore, he appears to have no criminal history. “There was no reason for him to be prosecuted, so there is no reason for him to flee,” said government spokesman Redwan Hussein on Monday.

More insights into the hijacker’s past came from a Twitter user who claims to be Hailemedhin’s sister, who released the above photo of the hijacker. She says her younger brother goes by the nickname Tadlo, and she suspects he hijacked the flight under duress since he loved Ethiopia and abandoned a potential career in architecture in order to work for the state-owned airline.

The co pilot is my youngest brother. We call him Tadlo. He loves working for Ethiopian Airlines. There must be more to the story

— Enona Erigo (@TheSoland) February 17, 2014

She added that family was “in shock” was unable to immediately contact the hijacker.

Ethiopian Airlines, one of Africa’s safest and most successful carriers, said in a press release that “the cause of the diversion of the flight is under investigation, adding that the company “wishes to apologize to its esteemed customers for the inconvenience caused by this diversion.”

The Ethiopian government was a bit more scathing, calling Hailemehdin’s actions a “gross betrayal of trust.” As the investigations unfold, authorities say they have no idea what prompted Hailemehdin’s desperate bid for escape. “Any political, social or economic reason would not make sense to hijack your own plane and be a criminal,” said Redwan. “Until we hear from him, there is nothing that we can comment on.”

Read more at: IB Times

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47 Comments

  1. Hiwot Amare

    February 24, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    This is a really great analysis. I hope everyone read this.

  2. Jezba

    February 21, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Hey, for all those who think being a co-pilot doesn’t mean your are not a Pilot. International standards are there to determine how one progresses to become a Captain. Please read up….do your research before being so opinionated! Actually he might end up as a Co-pilot until he fulfills the required hours and rating as well as pass the tests. It’s not like you neighborhood KEBELE promotion. Lives depend on these people so five years is nothing. Any pilot will tell you that.

  3. Hager

    February 20, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    I have seen a lot of opinions on painting the guy guilty or a hero. I will refrain from doing that. Instead, I would like to emphasize on what thoughts/motives he may have had to take a measure like this.
    Looking at the available motives for him to take this action, here is what the options may be;
    1. He wanted to bring attention to the human rights violations in Ethiopia by doing something dramatic.
    2. He wanted to shame the Ethiopian government internationally.
    3. He wanted to shame Ethiopian Airlines for its alleged poor management and ethnic domination by the ruling party.
    4. He was mentally ill and just did a random thing.
    There may be others, but I will only focus on what most of us seem to be presenting as motives.
    These seem to be the most notable pieces most people understand to be the case. But does his action justify his intended objective. First of all, when he took this action, what statements, demands or facts has he helped disseminate? Does anybody understand the actual reasons behind his political asylum request while it was being made? Is he bringing attention to specific situations in the country to the parties that need to know about this? Is it likely that he hasn’t made his point yet and he may never get the publicity he wanted to do so from now on!? While we are at this particular point, let’s look at some questions we should be asking ourselves and wonder for a minute.
    • Do we see the rest of the world reacting in a way that shows more attention and focus is coming Ethiopia’s way?
    • Is the government likely to receive more flak and pressure from other allies as a result of this?
    • Are there any state officials in the UN, Europe, US, Switzerland or other Non-profit human rights organizations reacting as a result of what he did?
    • Better yet, are there any news channels running this story extensively?
    • Are any of them actually repeating this story after the first day the news broke out?
    • Do we honestly believe whatever human rights violations may be taking place in Ethiopia; the rest of the political world has no clue?
    In all these scenarios, if I am not prejudging, no one seems to be enthralled by what he did and from a media attention perspective – his 15 minutes of fame are literally up! More significant gestures have happened in this world. More devastating atrocities that claim the limelight are there like Middle East and North Korea and Eastern Europe and DRC for this to make headline news. What use would the UN or other nations be in this circumstance? They have more information about Ethiopia coming from the UN Office and the consulates within Ethiopia. If they had any resolve to act they would have done so already than to bother about what this individual has to say.
    As to the world of media, it is an interesting devil. Unless he manages to do something dramatic everyday of his life, the coverage he is going to get is not likely to infuriate anyone.
    I notice people applauding him for taking a bold measure. But it is easy to see it as a bold measure when we are not the ones in the passengers’ boots. Others have likened him to freedom fighters like MLK and Rosa Parks. Well putting others in harm’s way won’t be as spectacular and probably by hijacking a plane, a condition the western world has strong phobias towards as a result of 9/11, he may have just chosen the wrong approach. Similarly, I don’t understand the condition where he wanted to make a statement but he doesn’t want to face the music. Maybe his actions will result in others suffering the consequences. The only thing he requested while landing at Geneva was his asylum be accepted and to never be given back to the Ethiopian government. Well these certainly don’t look like something a hero would do as what I see is self preservation without regard to the lives of others.
    Others seem to think what he did is in retaliation to the poor management of Ethiopian Airlines and/or the domination of the management by ruling party elites. We need to separate these two as they are completely different matters though they may have some overlapping contexts.
    To start off with, let’s assume he wanted to shame a poor management. Let’s be honest. Is the airline being poorly managed? What are the indicators off the cuffs of being poorly managed? Some would say financial loss, operational inefficiency, bad working conditions, and poor employee compensation, benefits and morale?
    Well, comparing Ethiopian Airlines with your typical third world public sector or private sector companies won’t certainly help his case. Taking a look at these points, Ethiopian Airlines staff are certainly compensated much better than almost all other government and private sector jobs. Employees have travel benefits that seem to be the golden attraction when living in a country like Ethiopia, where a round trip air ticket to the US would cost a year’s salary for a regular government employee with a bachelor’s degree.
    To make matters worse, as a pilot, or in general as cockpit crew, they are probably among the top one percent in earning power in the country. Just to shed some light into this, an Ethiopian Airlines Captain may well make more than 80,000 birr a month as compared to a regular member of parliament, who makes between 5,000 – 7,500. Or a government employee with a master’s degree makes about 4,500 – 7,000 birr. YES, a pilot probably makes at least 10 times more than that of an average individual with a master’s degree. If he is trying to shed light into the neglect and abuse of others, well he certainly hasn’t presented a single shred of information in that regard.
    If for any other reason he feels the company is poorly run, then quitting would have been an option. In this day and age, airlines are filing for bankruptcy left and right and are constantly struggling with strikes from employees. Poor management is never an excuse to take matters into your own hands. Also a point to note in this case is – ONE CANNOT CLAIM POLITICAL ASYLUM IF THERE IS NO POLITICAL PERSECUTION. Imagine if everyone started to kidnap people at work to claim better working conditions and pay!?!
    I would love to continue to list out all the possible motives and if they were the most appropriately communicated by his actions! Unfortunately, I don’t and I can’t. I can only say whatever his motives, his medium of expressing his issues certainly won’t have the desired impact. History and facts tell us that.

    YSA

  4. Anonymous

    February 20, 2014 at 10:10 am

    we have to appreciate him. because this is one way of expressing his opposition against the dectators in Ethiopia and resism.

  5. Anonymous

    February 19, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    We weren’t in ET702 plane right @ the time and we don’t knew him yet,I hate guessing about anything ……….and i used such the like events as a means of measurement of someone’s attitude regarding his/her comment towards……..so ma deer bro and sist we have to wait his reasons before saying anything about him

  6. hareg

    February 19, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    betam azgalhu Egzyabharie bemhirtu ayne yeyew embrhanen tetadgenew

  7. biruk

    February 19, 2014 at 10:37 am

    u know what first of all we have to wait his reason 4 doing this kind of very difficult & complex decision, we may give him respect or make him guilty after his reason, if he did z highjacking by forcing others, personally i am nat blaming him,& also if e have enough reason regarding with z government its also his way to fight for his ppl but if he did for his personal need we shamed on him!!! nways lets fight poverty and for our right that means poletically or economically we have to put our iffort 4 our country by fighting waht we have, like by work by poletical participation,etc
    god bless ethiopia

  8. Sisay Bekele

    February 19, 2014 at 10:35 am

    thiopian Airlines is always ‘the best or nothing’ for me. i have flown with this prestigious Airlines for the past eight years and i’ve missed my next trip eveytime end up my flight and get off the plane. their onboard hospitality is amazing.

    whatever happens now and the hijacking staff will never change anyting about the company’s good name. long live Ethiopian Airlines and we salut you!

  9. Anonymous

    February 19, 2014 at 9:24 am

    to hate your country mean to hate your self and live without dignity, rather you have to hate corruption and it’s followers

  10. mimi

    February 19, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Which ever the cause happens this shows the weakness of the airlines not following up on the fight member medical situation. specially pilots on each and every flight. risking hundreds of peoples life for their weak management

  11. ruth

    February 19, 2014 at 8:23 am

    it is only God know why this man done like this so the rest of us let us focus on our work. Long Live ETHIOPIA

  12. Anonymous

    February 19, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Hailemedhin knows the reason behind!

  13. nunu

    February 19, 2014 at 6:27 am

    dear z so-called writer , in z first place u ve to understand why n what hijacking means zis has nothing to do wiz “EPRDF ” come on ppl let’s not always be negative ende u guys insulting our country his deed is totally shameful!!!

  14. Getnet

    February 19, 2014 at 3:42 am

    What is the profit

  15. minichil tilahun

    February 19, 2014 at 2:01 am

    Eventhough,I don’t appreciate the copilot for haijacking 767 airplane I suspect that he might have been persecuted by EPRF officials.Indeed, it is better to live in assylum than to live in a country where the dictators colonize us.history tells us that we had beaten fascist Italians,I don’t know most Ethiopians are confused whether to fight against poverty or the dictators.

  16. Anonymous

    February 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    ante yemoteke mutecha nek yekora agere eyalek tegegnnete yemetefelege mayem esete men atake? asetemareche teleke sewu honk kade yematereba

  17. tsegaye

    February 18, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    don’t we remember ethiopians big artist’s fiance who is pillot of zis air lines is abondened 4 small rsn pls my elders don’t give ur blind jugements & he is a hero b/c he is not a person who lives 4 eating as many of u r tnkng 10q. Good is giving as enligntiment 2 Ethiopia b4 2014s election

  18. Anonymous

    February 18, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Iam sorry the Oppotunity the kenoking melkam

  19. Sultan sa'd

    February 18, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    He May have poletical problem,otherwise for fun. Secondly I do no that he wants to show his talency to be a capitain or working adVertisement for eth. Airlines

  20. Anonymous

    February 18, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Kezi sera jerba Egypt litnor tichlalech ye Egypt selayoch yehen tegbar endifetsm asferartewut lihon yechlal

  21. kibrom

    February 18, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    what are u taking about he was going to rome not to Ethiopia Rome can give him asylum 20

  22. ki

    February 18, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    i think the plan was flaying from addis to Rome not the vise versal he had a chance of asking asylum in rome… i think the main reason is that may be he need fame or he is crazy but crazy people doesn’t fly … “politics” why it cant be politics 20 years

  23. man of fairness

    February 18, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    First of all I would like to thank to God for landing our plane safely without no problem in Geneva but I have two types of comments related to the co-pilot’s hijacking. I’ve read confused posts related with the reason why he tried to hijack his plane. some people posted as he had some tension or mental problem and some people posted as he hatred racism in the Airline based on ethnicity. But if the reason is the second one, no mercy he deserves punishment b/c he had to fight to this racism using his knowledge rather than doing that, it is not an alternative solution what he did, we can’t solve our internal problem by going to other foreign countries. But if the reason is the first one, it is beyond his capacity and I hope he will get great lawyers and psychiatrists and solve his mental problem soon.
    But to all ppl of Ethiopia please, don’t let make happy our enemies like Egyptians who are jealous on our development,and let’s accommodate each other and develop our blessed country,don’t say tigre,oromo ,amara, afar …. rather fight for the unfair individual persons in chair and replace them with the person you believe that he/she is fair.
    Thanks.
    God Bless Ethiopia.

  24. tesfaye getachew

    February 18, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    what is the profit

  25. Sol

    February 18, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Exactly, you have said what I was thinking since we heard the news. Five years looks a bit longer to stay as a co-pilot. Is there any kind of discrimination based on ethnicity? May be, I am sure we will hear the cause for such blind action. After spending your life in school with many sacrifices who would risk his life as such?

  26. kirubel

    February 18, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    i really feel happy by his prouding act…i&surely all ethiopians bordemed to live in this land

  27. Chukalo

    February 18, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    I am ashamed of those who tried to link it to politics and ethnicity despite any information from the so-called hijacker. The one who hates his country also hates himself and a country is nothing more than oneself. So, let us wait for the result of the investigation from independent police (of Geneva) before we go for judgement. We do not know what personal problems he has, as described by his sister may be, hence I thank God for his mercy on this only success story company of our poor country.

  28. amaha g/slassie

    February 18, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    what is the problem?

  29. bubu

    February 18, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    he is rich he is not a member of any political party what reason he have fo
    r seking asylum he hate ethiopia or he is crazy

  30. bubu

    February 18, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    he is rich he is not a member of any political party what reason he have for seking asylum he hate ethiopia or he is crazy

  31. Mekdes Teshome

    February 18, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    OMG,WHAT IS Z HIDDEN AGENDA?

  32. Anonymous

    February 18, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    we must see the resean behind why he was doing this befor saying something whether it is bad or good.

  33. Anonymous

    February 18, 2014 at 11:30 am

    It has been so long that Ethiopia has become a prison house for its people. Every body wants to escape. No hope! That is why this educated and young Ethiopian wants to abandon his country in such a way. Where there is no freedom, where there is discrimination, where corruption and nepotism are rampant, working in an esteemed organization is meaningless. DEATH TO EPRDF!

  34. Marid

    February 18, 2014 at 11:29 am

    first I would like say sorry for the thing that happen, truly what i told that all things passed if the God is permitted for us.know for u and for ur brother don’t sad always see the direction of God, if really open ur heart for ur God, all thing is simple. i know that what the things happen in Ethiopia and what Ethiopia people do? i am not talk about long, the long thing is just i pray my God.

  35. siyoum

    February 18, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Lishalame yemigebawe yehelina sewe newe, yechekunoche demetse nawe yasemawe.

  36. Anonymous

    February 18, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I would like to hear the reason why he hijacked the plane of his country by himself.

  37. ksto

    February 18, 2014 at 11:08 am

    It looks drama

  38. Anonymous

    February 18, 2014 at 10:37 am

    how can the guy stayed as a co-pilot with in these years? as the information i have there is a fixed time table to flight as a co-pilot after that he will get the chance to be a pilot but i don’t think so it could take five years. who knows what makes him to take this kind of action? now days Ethiopian Airlines is also a very corruptible organization like others. so stop blaming him before knowing the truth.

  39. mehari

    February 18, 2014 at 10:25 am

    oh, what happened bro, i think this guy is not a bad person at all, since he was unarmed and do nothing to harm the passengers. may be he is one of those who is abused by the current regime like innocent muslim representatives and journalists jailed in kality, i hope, we will see a prosperous and democratic ethiopia soon!!!!!

  40. tare

    February 18, 2014 at 10:10 am

    he did z right thing since we are under colony by own people!

  41. Fufu

    February 18, 2014 at 10:06 am

    F

  42. Worku beyene

    February 18, 2014 at 10:04 am

    I hate my country , b/c corruption corruption corruption corruption corruption by gov officials

  43. Anonymous

    February 18, 2014 at 9:48 am

    i don’t know what u mean. i know that in its history, Ethiopia is the home of all the people.
    if u have any political problem,it’s ur headache.

  44. Anonymous

    February 18, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Kedada!!!

  45. Worku beyene

    February 18, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I hate living in Ethiopia, b/c the country is becoming a few people and difficult to get the basic needs of human being, i will say UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!

  46. Anonymous

    February 18, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Try to interview the hijacker himself ,good every body is safe,the Air craft, The pilot, who knows. ?

  47. jemal gemchu

    February 18, 2014 at 8:09 am

    hm;fryh@?

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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፡፡

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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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በቶኪዮ ኦሊምፒክ በጉጉት ሲጠበቅ የነበረው የአትሌቲክስ ውድድር በተጀመረ በሁለተኛው ቀን በወንዶች አስር ሺህ ሜትር ኢትዮጵያውያንን እጅግ ያስደስተው ድል በወጣቱ ሰለሞን ባረጋ አማካይነት ተመዝግቧል፡፡   
በ1980 ሞስኮ ላይ ምሩፅ ይፍጠር በርቀቱ ለመጀመሪያ ግዜ የኦሊምፒክ የወርቅ ሜዳልያ ካስገኘ በኋላ ከተደረጉት አስር የኦሊምፒክ የወንዶች 10 ሺህ ሜትር ውድድሮች ኢትዮጵያ አምስቱን በበላይነት ለመጨረስ ችላለች፡፡ የርቀቱ ንጉሶች ሀይሌ ገብረስላሴ እና ቀነኒሳ በቀለ ከ1992 እስከ 2008 ዓ.ም. በአራት ተከታታይ የኦሊምፒክ ውድድሮች ላይ በማሸነፍ የርቀቱ የወርቅ ድል ለኢትዮጵያ ብቻ የተሰጠ እንዲመስለን አድርገውንም ነበር፡፡ ከ2008ቱ የቤይጂንግ ኦሊምፒክ የቀነኒሳ በቀለ ድል በኋላ በተከሰተው የሞ ፋራህ የበላይነት ምክንያት ተመሳሳዩን ድል በቶኪዮ ለማየት 13 ዓመታትን መጠበቅ ግድ ብሎናል፡፡ ላለፉት አስራ ሶስት ዓመታት በጉጉት ስንጠብቀው የቆየነውን የ10 ሺህ ሜትር የኦሊምፒክ ድል በመጨረሻም ሰለሞን ባረጋ በቶኪዮ አጎናፅፎናል፡፡ የሰለሞን የቶኪዮ የወርቅ ሜዳልያ ድል ኢትዮጵያ ካለፉት አስራ አንድ ኦሊምፒኮች በርቀቱ ለስድስተኛ ግዜ የበላይ ሆና እንድትጨርስ ያስቻለም ነው፡፡ ድሉ በቶኪዮ የአትሌቲኪስ ውድድሮች የመጀመሪያው የወርቅ ሜዳልያ ድል ሆኖም ተመዝግቧል፡፡ ሰለሞን ባረጋ በ2018 የበርሚንግሀም የዓለም የቤት ውስጥ ውድድር በ3000 ሜትር እና በ2019 የዶሀ ዓለም ሻምፒዮና ላይ በ5000 ሜትር የብር ሜዳልያ ካገኘ በኋላ በመጀመሪያ የኦሊምፒክ ተሳትፎው ከፍተኛ ክብር የሚሰጠውን የ10,000 ሜትር የወርቅ ሜዳልያ ድል ለማሳካት በቅቷል፡፡

‹‹የ200 ሜትር እና 400 ሜትር አጫጨር የፍጥነት ሩጫ ልምምዶችን ስሰራ ስለነበረ ሁለት ዙር ሲቀር ውድድሩን እንደማሸንፍ ለራሴ ነገርኩት››
ሰለሞን ባረጋ ከቶኪዮው ድል በኋላ

ሰለሞን ባረጋ ከቶኪዮው ድሉ በኋላ በስፍራው ከሚገኘው የስራ ባልደረባችን አብይ ወንድይፍራው ጋር ባደረገው አጭር ቃለ ምልልስ የሚከተለውን ብሏል ‹‹ረጅም ርቀት የእኛ ስፖርት ነው ተብሎ ይታመናል፡፡ ሆኖም በኦሊምፒክ ውድድር ላይ ወርቅ ሜዳልያ ከወሰድን ብዙ ግዜ አልፎናል፡፡ ይህን ነገር ለመጨረሻ ግዜ ያሳካውም ቀነኒሳ ነበረ፡፡ ዛሬ በቶኪዮ ድሉን በማሳካቴ በጣም ደስተኛ ነኝ፡፡ በተለይ ለእኛ ከቶኪዮ ጋር አበበ ቢቂላን የምናስታውስበት ድል ስለሆነ ያንን በማሳካቴም በጣም ተደስቻለሁ፡፡ ዘንድሮ ከኡጋንዳ የዓለም ሪኮርድ የሰበረው ቼፕቴጌይ እና የዓመቱን ፈጣን ሰዓት የሮጠው ኪፕሊሞ ነበሩ፡፡ እናም ውድድሩ በጣም ይፈጥናል ብዬ ነበር የጠበቅኩት ግን አልተሮጠም፡፡ ውድድሩን የጨረስነውም 27 ቤት ነው፡፡ የ200 ሜትር እና 400 ሜትር አጫጨር የፍጥነት ሩጫ ልምምዶችን ስሰራ ስለነበረ ሁለት ዙር ሲቀር ውድድሩን እንደማሸንፍ ለራሴ ነገርኩት፡፡ ኡጋንዳውያኑ አትሌቶች ዛሬ ብዙም አልታገሉም፡፡ አብዛኛውን ሰዓት ከኋላ ነው የቆዩት እና እንደዚህ ይሆናል ብዬ አልጠበቅኩም ነበር፡፡ እነርሱን ካሜራ ላይም እያየኋቸው ስለነበር ስለነሱ ብዙም አልተጨነቅኩም እንደውም ከእነሱ ይልቅ የእኛን ልጆች ነበረ ይወጣሉ ብዬ የጠበቅኩት፡፡ በውድድሩ መሀል ተጠባቂ የሆኑት ኡጋንዳውያን ወደኋላ ቀርተው ሶስተኛው የቡድን አጋራቸው ወደፊት ወጥቶ በሰፊ ልዩነት ሲመራ እኛ እነሱን ስንጠብቅ እሱ አዘናግቶ እንዳያሸንፍ ልዩነቱን ለማጥበብ ሞክሬያለሁ፡፡ ምናልባት እነሱ እኛን ሲጠብቁ አንተ ሂድ ያሉት ነበር የመሰለኝ፡፡ ከዚህ በፊት በእንደዚህ አይነቱ ነገር ዳይመንድ ሊግ ላይ ስለተሸወድኩኝ ያንን እንዳይደግሙ ብዬ ነበረ ልዩነቱን ለማጥበብ የሞከርኩት፡፡ የአሰልጣኜንም ምክር እየሰማሁ ስለነበረ የምሮጠው እና ወደኋላ ተመለስ እያለኝ ስለነበር ወደኋላ ተመልሻለሁ፡፡ የእነርሱ እስትራቴጂ እሱን ወደፊት እንዲወጣ አድርገው እኛን ለማድከም ነበረ፡፡ ከበሪሁን ጋር ስንነጋገር ወደፊት ጠጋ በል እያልኩት ነበረ፡፡ ከበሪሁን ጋር ልምምድም አብረን ነበረ የምንሰራው፡፡ እኔ እንደውም ከአንድ እስከ ሶስት እንወጣለን ብዬ ነበር የጠበቅኩት አጋጣሚ ሆኖ አልተሳካም ነገር ግን ወርቁን ወደኢትዮጵያ በመመለሳችን በጣም ደስተኛ ነን፡፡›› ብሏል፡፡

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