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Derartu Tulu to run barefoot to commemorate Adwa Victory

Derartu _ Adwa
Photo : FBC

January 17,2019

Retired Athlete Derartu Tulu, now acting president of Ethiopian Athletics Federation, will be running a 10 kilometers road race organized to commemorate the Victory of Adwa; a commemoration of Ethiopia’s decisive victory over the colonizing army of Italy in northern Ethiopia in 1896.

Derartu Tulu, who is an ambassador of honour in the ceremony, vowed to run the final 500 meters barefoot.

The race will take place on March 3, 2019 in the capital Addis Ababa and it is jointly organized by Sports Commission and Hora Promotions.

Derartu Tulu is cited as saying that the last time she took part in a race is about eight years ago and that she feels honored to be chosen by the organizers to take part in the race as an Ambassador.

In what seem be an emphasis on the role of determination for the victory of Ethiopian patriots during the battle of Adwa, Derartu said “We need to repeat the history of our fathers and mothers who paid in blood and life in everything we are doing,” according to Fana Broadcasting Corporation (FBC).

She was recently elected as vice-president of East African Athletics Region

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