Track and Field

Marathoner Haile Gebrselassie Is Ordered To Run In Beijing And To Like It

3/14/08 in Track and Field   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

You may remember last week that Ethiopian marathoner Haile Gebrselassie, one of the favorites to win the gold in the Olympics, decided to pull out of the Games because he suffers from asthma and did not want to damage his chances in the marathon at the London Games in 2012.

Obviously China and organizers of the Olympics weren't real happy about this, but the International Olympic Committee said his withdrawal was fully justified and that no one could force him to compete.

Well, that has turned out not to be the case. The Ethiopian Athletics Federation apparently can tell him to do whatever the hell they want him to do.
"It is not up to Haile Gebrselassie to decide on participation in the marathon event in Beijing," EAF technical director Dube Jillo told Reuters in an interview. "It is the Ethiopian Athletics Federation, representing the nation, that determines whether Haile is fit to compete in the marathon event in Beijing's Olympics or not."
Let me translate that for you: He will race and he will like it!

I can't remember the last time I heard of an athlete actually being forced to compete, but I'm not opposed to it. Considering how much we've sucked in basketball the past few Olympics, I think we should force the best NBA players to play for our country - under penalty of torture. Sure, it might sound harsh, but it gets results. I mean, that's the way East Germans used to do it, right? Well, that and steroids, lots and lots of steroids.
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3/14/08   |   Poli_   |   93 respect

Many African nations want to cozy up to THE nation currently "investing" the most in their country so it is no surprise to me that Ethiopia is forcing Gebrselassie to show because they've probably been 'prompted'.  I mean it has to be a 'successful' event with the best people there.

3/14/08   |   JewelOfSong   |   7 respect

I'm not a doctor, but I do have asthma so I feel like I have a good enough sense to give an informed opinion here.
From what I gather from the air quality in Beijing (basically that it totally sucks), as an asthmatic, albeit an exercise-induced-asthmatic, he would not be in the physical condition to compete. So the Ethiopian Athletics Confederation can sit on a tack :P

3/14/08   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

2012 he will be running for another country, if he is any good. I just not sure how the Long Distance Olympic free agent pool is looking. 


East Germans athletes were never forced to compete, they all wanted to go. I mean getting roided up was better than being monitored by the Stazi 24/7. That and living in the quaint disaster that was East Germany you would do anything to try to get away from it. (Note: That was a shot at the former German Democratic Republic government and their former landlords the Soviet Union) But daaammmnnnn what they did to those athletes. I heard that it got to the point that the steroids got of the effect that the GDR athletes were having on them.  I would not be surprised if are some people with horns, gills and maybe some Centaur looking people in the Eastern parts of Germany laying looooowww.