Addis hosts 20th Great Ethiopian Run, Africa’s biggest post-coronavirus sports event

Ethiopia athletics legends with Minister of Culture and Tourism


From left: Ethiopian athletics legends Million Wolde, Gebregziabher Gebremariam, Haile Gebrselassie and Ethiopia's Minister of Culture and Tourism Habtamu Sissy Awas with copies of the "Athletics Kenya at 70” magazine during the 20th Great Ethiopian Run press conference in Addis Ababa on January 8, 2021.

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What you need to know:

  • Speaking at a pre-race press conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Addis Ababa on Friday, Gebrselassie, a multiple world record holder in distance running, said the race will continue to make positive contribution beyond prize money
  • Great Ethiopian Run General Manager Ermias Ayele said they had initially targeted a field of 50,000 runners, but due to the Covid-19 restrictions, 25 percent of that field will be in action on Sunday
  • All 300 elite athletes Friday underwent Covid-19 tests at the Millennium Hall with the Covid-19 travel-related restrictions also meaning that there will be fewer international runners in this year’s edition

In Addis Ababa

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