Olympic medalist enters political race
09 July 2013, 11:47
Addis Ababa - Distance running great Haile Gebrselassie
says he is entering politics and may run for president of Ethiopia - even if
his wife is not sure it's a good idea.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist and multiple world
champion in the 10 000m tells AP he wants to "reach more people"
through politics, a topic most Ethiopians avoid in a restrictive society with
few civil liberties.
Used to breaking barriers having set over two dozen world
records from 5 000m to the marathon, the 40-year-old Gebrselassie says in
an interview on Monday that he will run for a seat in parliament as an
independent candidate in 2015.
And although the next presidential election in September
is probably too soon, Gebrselassie also is considering a future run for that