A somersault, a handstand, a cartwheel and five pushups. That's how Lunani the giraffe, captain of the World Athletics Relays Silesia21 mascot relay, presented herself at a press conference today to mark the event’s 100 days to go landmark.
While the staggering marathon feats of Eliud Kipchoge and to a lesser extent Kenenisa Bekele have quite righty earned the bulk of media attention in recent years, it would be a little churlish not to also acknowledge the feats of Ethiopian marathon ace Birhanu Legese.
President of World Athletics, President Sebastian Coe, predicted that it will be more difficult than ever before to cheat at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, and warned high-profile track and field athletes that their status will no longer shield them from drug testers.
The Ethiopia National Anti-Doping Organization (ETH-NADO) announced a sanction which will be enforced on other sporting bodies. The ETH-NADO stated that the government has the authority to take additional disciplinary action under article 12.
The Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) elected Derartu Tulu as President. Derartu served as the Federation’s interim President since 2018 before she was formally elected this week to lead it for the coming four years.