Haile Gebrselassie’s interview with Euronews regarding his new appointment as the president of Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF)

By Ioannis Karagiorgas (Euronews) |

Former Olympic and World champion Haile Gebrselassie has swapped his running kit for a suit and tie after the long-distance legend was elected president of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EFA) last weekend for a four-year term.

This week the 43-year old met up with Euronews’ Ioannis Karagiorgas to discuss his new role and his trouble-hit sport.

Euronews: ‘‘What are your principle objectives now you are in office?’‘

Gebrselassie: “My top priorities as a president of the Ethiopian athletics federation (EAF) are a lot. One of the top priorities is to organize the office, the athletics federation office and to provide and prepare whatever is important for the athletes. My main goal is to focus on the athletes”.

Euronews: ‘‘Doping is for many years a big problem for sports in general and athletics of course. This year, at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the Russian team was excluded from athletics. Do you think it was the right decision?’‘

Gebrselassie: “One thing I want to say is that when you decide this kind of decision you have to be careful, there is also innocent athletes at the Russian athletics. And we have to find out, there are many calls (meaning to find all the innocent people). And of course the athlete that takes doping, I agree to punish that athlete not the mass. This kind of decision is a little bit hard for athletes who are sweating day and night”.

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