Ethiopian Athletics Federation executive committee elected Derartu Tulu as president of Ethiopian Athletics Federation in an emergency meeting held yesterday.
Derartu, who is Africa’s first women and first Ethiopian Olympic Champion in 10,000 meters at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, has been serving the federation as vice-president since November 2017.
Her election as president came days after Haile Gebreselassie resigned from his position as president of the Federation. He announced his resignation and brief explanation of why he did so in a twitter message.
“I became a president of the EAF because I wanted to do something back for my sport; athletics is my passion. However, some people were making the work impossible, so it is better to leave,” he wrote without giving details as to what exactly made him to decide to cut short his four year term presidency of the Federation.
It is with regret that I hereby announce my resignation as president of the EAF.
Full statement here: pic.twitter.com/dgLT1Z4Uck
— Haile Gebrselassie (@HaileGebr) November 14, 2018
Fighting doping was on the top of his agenda and his administration has passed tough decision on some athletes last month.
The Federation is planning a general meeting in two months of time to name a president for the Federation.
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