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Tigray set to host Athletics Federation’s general assembly, marathon relay race

The Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) has announced its plans to hold its general assembly in Mekelle City, Tigray Regional State, on November 25, 2023. This development comes as exciting news for the region, as the 19th Ethiopian marathon relay race is scheduled to take place the following day, on November 26, 2023.

The decision to host the assembly in Tigray was made in conjunction with the marathon race, with participations from various regions, city administrations, clubs, institutions, and private organizations expected in the competition.

With over 14 confirmed clubs, including local clubs from Tigray, set to participate, the event promises to showcase the talent and determination of athletes in the region. Notably, the Tigray region has faced significant challenges in the past two years due to the two year war in the north, leading to a halt in sports activities and the closure of athletic training facilities.

Recognizing the need to reignite athletic pursuits in the region, the Tigray Regional Athletics Federation took the bold step of requesting to host the general assembly and marathon relay race.

The occasion is thought to hold the potential to breathe new life into sports in the state, serving as a catalyst for its revival.

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Since 2019, Tigray has weathered the storm of war and the COVID-19 pandemic.

KidaneTeklehaimanot, the President of the Tigray Regional State Athletics Federation, revealed that the region has endured a sporting hiatus spanning nearly four years.

“Although there were different districts and six athletic clubs in the region, the war caused immense destruction and limited the number of professionals and athletes.Nevertheless, we have restarted several athletic projects in the districts and regions since July,” Kidanesaid.

While preparations for the general assembly in Mekelle are well underway, Kidane acknowledged the challenge of finding athletes capable of participating in the marathon race.

“We have made adequate arrangements for the general assembly, but we also need to train marathon participants,” he explained.

Financial constraints further compound the region’s efforts to restore its sporting heritage.

Kidane emphasized the tireless endeavors of the Tigray Region Athletic Federation and the Tigray Region Sports Commission in rallying support to reinvigorate sports. However, their outreach to secure investor backing has yet to yield the desired results.

To overcome these obstacles, the region is pursuing a national telethon initiative to revive sports, banking on significant assistance to restore its former glory and bring back the vibrancy of Tigray’s sporting landscape.

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