Ethiopian athletics legend to run in South Sudan
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Ethiopian athletics legend to run in South Sudan

Posted ANDUALEM SISAY in Addis Ababa

on  Wednesday, March 22   2017 at  11:21

Ethiopian athletics legend Haile Gebrselassie is set to participate in the inaugural Great South Sudanese Run in Juba on April 8.

Gebrselassie, who is also part of the organising committee of the South Sudanese race, made the announcement in Addis Ababa Tuesday.

The Olympic Gold medallist is the founder and chairperson of the Great Ethiopian Run.

The Great South Sudanese Run's main objective is to promote peace in the war-torn country that was facing famine, according to the organisers, who include the Ethiopian Great Run and Ayesheshim Teka- an Ethiopian investor in South Sudan.

Peace and unity

Some 5,000 participants are expected to take part in the 10km run that will be made an annual event to promote sports, peace and unity.

Ayesheshim said the initiative was an added support to the peoples of South Sudan who share blood, religion, culture and a long border with Ethiopia.

He said the two countries enjoyed flourishing ties and a long history of collaboration and partnership.

Famine and poverty

The race organisers said it will bring diverse people together and promote peace in support of the Juba government's extensive work to restore unity and stability.

The slogan for the run is; Fundraising for famine and poverty fighting.

The Great Ethiopian Run ranks among the biggest road races in Africa.

With 40,000 participants every November in Addis Ababa, the Great Ethiopian Run has several years of experience handling such events at home and other African counties, including Ghana and Liberia, according to Gebrselassie.