| Africatime
Sunday 26 March 2017
(AFP (eng) 03/16/17)
Africa will host a Commonwealth Games one day despite the blow of Durban being stripped of hosting the 2022 edition, David Grevemberg, the chief executive of The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), told AFP. Durban lost the right to host the Games on Monday -- just 18 months after being awarded them -- when it failed to meet criteria laid down by the CGF, primarily over costs. "I wouldn't want to make a judgement call," Grevemberg told AFP on the sidelines of a briefing by 2018 Games hosts Gold Coast on Wednesday. "Durban has hosted some great events, it is a fantastic city and are wonderful warm hosts with bright ambitions and great aspirations. "However, it...
(AFP (eng) 02/10/17)
Up to 18 players at the just-completed Africa Cup of Nations could be involved in the new-look CAF Champions League when it kicks off this weekend. Among them is Georges Bokwe, one of two unused goalkeepers in the Cameroon squad that defeated Egypt in the final last Sunday in Gabon. Bokwe was kept out of the starting line-up by the consistent brilliance of Spain-based Fabrice Ondoa, who was included in the team of the tournament. But Bokwe is the first choice for regular Champions League entrants Coton Sport from northern Cameroon cotton town Garoua. Coton qualified for the 2008 final, losing to Al Ahly of Egypt, but have fared poorly recently with first round exits in the past two seasons...
(AFP (eng) 02/08/17)
Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba set a sixth world indoor record in Sabadell, Spain on Tuesday by posting a new 2,000-metres mark. On the eve of her 26th birthday, the Olympic 1,500-metres silver medallist ran a time of 5min 23.75sec in Catalonia. Also the outdoor 1,500m world record holder, Dibaba has the best indoor marks for 1,500m, the mile, 3,000m, two miles and 5,000m. Dibaba's 2,000m time knocked almost seven seconds off the old record by Romania's Gabriela Szabo, which had stood...
(AFP (eng) 01/09/17)
Gabon witnessed one of the most sensational finishes to an Africa Cup of Nations tournament when no-hopers Zambia stunned the Ivory Coast to win the 2012 final. Zambia failed to qualify this time, but the Ivorians will be among the favourites again when the competition returns to the central African state with the first fixtures scheduled for Saturday. AFP Sport rates the chances of the 16 challengers for the $4 million (3.8 million euros) first prize (last three competitive results...
(APA 12/28/16)
Following his victory in 2014 and third place finish last year, Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Mekonnen Asefa will start as one of the favourites when the 2017 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon gets underway on January 20, APA learns here. According to a statement issued here Wednesday, Mekonnen was just 18 when he became the youngest winner in the history of the world’s richest marathon, setting an unofficial world junior record of 2:04:32 on his marathon debut. His surprise win came just 12...
(APA 12/22/16)
The 25, 155–seater stadium built by an Ethiopian business tycoon Mohammed Al Amoudi will be inaugurated early next month, APA learns here Thursday. The stadium, built at a cost of more than $25 million at the birth place of Sheikh Mohammad Al Amoudi, has a swimming pool as well as basketball, handball, volleyball and tennis courts that reportedly meet the requirements to host Olympic Games. The stadium that took four years and a half for completion also has a track...
(AfricaNews 12/05/16)
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses failed to use home advantage and revenge in the final of the Women African Cup of Nations (AWCON 2016) losing by a goal to Nigeria’s Super Falcons. The Super Falcons thus successfully defended the title they won in 2014 by defeating Cameroon in Namibia. The hosts entered the final aiming to win their first title and avenge two previous defeats by Nigeria. But a late goal by Oparanozie Desire dashed hopes and sent disappointment through the teeming...
(Ethiosports 11/30/16)
The Ethiopian Football Federation(EFF) to announce the new coach of the Ethiopian Men’s National Team(Waliyas) in one month period. The Ethiopia national team head coach slot has been vacant since 12th October 2016 when the five month contract of interim coach ‘GebreMedhin Haile’ expired. Medhin took over after the Ethiopian born American coach Yohannes Sahle was sacked following unconvincing results in the AFCON 2017 Gabon qualifiers and Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers. The Federation has changed two head coaches after...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/25/16)
Aviators who were detained in Ethiopia while retracing a historic flight route along the length of Africa in 24 vintage planes and support aircraft are now free to continue their journey, the group organizer said on Thursday. The Vintage Air Rally crew, flying aircraft that include biplanes built in the 1920s and 1930s, were held at the airport in Gambela, western Ethiopia, after they landed following their arrival from neighboring Sudan. They have already flown from Europe and through Egypt...
(AFP (eng) 11/24/16)
Pilots taking part in a vintage air rally across Africa were being detained on Wednesday by Ethiopian authorities, a spokesman for the trip said. A dozen biplanes dating from the 1920s and 1930s took off on November 12 from the Greek island of Crete, embarking on a 13,000-kilometre (8,000-mile) journey to Cape Town. But less than two weeks into their journey the pilots were grounded at Gambella airport in western Ethiopia, close to the border with South Sudan, a spokesman...
(Xinhuanet 11/21/16)
A Record number of 42,000 professional and amateur runners from 20 countries on Sunday participated in the 16th edition of the 2016 TOTAL Great Ethiopian Run (GER), Africa's largest road race. The 10-kilometre international race for men and women in Addis Ababa also attracted 500 local and foreign athletes. Ethiopian athletes dominated this year's edition in both the men's and women's categories, with a Kenyan athlete finishing second in the men's category, the best result for a non-Ethiopian athlete in...
(AFP (eng) 11/10/16)
All CAF competitions will offer increased prize money from 2017, the Cairo-based African football body said Wednesday. The announcement came months after French oil-gas company Total signed an eight-year sponsorship deal with CAF reportedly worth more than one billion dollars (915 million euros). Winners of the biennial Africa Cup of Nations will receive $4 million, up from the $1.5 million pocketed by 2015 champions the Ivory Coast. CAF Champions League title-holders are going to collect $2.5 million -- $1 million...
(AFP (eng) 11/03/16)
African champions Mamelodi Sundowns won for the first time in the South African Premiership this season Wednesday and climbed off the bottom of the table. The Pretoria club triumphed 2-0 at Polokwane City thanks to goals from Percy Tau and Zimbabwean Khama Billiat, two stars of the 2016 CAF Champions League triumph. Sundowns became African champions for the first time 11 days ago by defeating Zamalek of Egypt 3-1 on aggregate in the final. But a domestic fixture backlog meant...
(APA 10/18/16)
Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana has made the list of ten female nominees for the 2016 World Athletes of the Year Award by the International Amateur Athletic Federation Council. In a notice posted on its website, the IAAF said voting process which was opened on Monday is a three-way procedure to determine the finalists. The IAAF said its officials and members of other affiliate bodies will cast their votes by email, while fans can vote online via the organization’s social media platforms...
(AFP (eng) 09/23/16)
Long-distance stars Kenenisa Bekele and Wilson Kipsang, a former world record-holder, spearhead a fast elite field for the Berlin marathon on Sunday. The men's world record has been broken seven times in Germany's capital and this year's race suggests another quick time on the flat course, which does not have the cobble features of the London marathon or the bridges of New York. Kenya's Dennis Kimetto set the current world record of two hours 2:57 minutes in Berlin in 2014,...
(AfricaNews 09/19/16)
The agreement on African games signed in Cairo over the weekend between the African Union and the Association of National Olympic committees of Africa will be implemented after validation by the Africa Union commission. The two parties are expected to mobilise renowned African athletes and the best teams to help raise their level of performance. Sources say the African Union will continue to manage the African games while the Union of African Sports Confederations will take care of its technical...
(Washington Post 09/13/16)
Marathoner Feyisa Lilesa packed his bags and left his wife and two children last month, with plans to post a blazing fast time at the Summer Olympics, earn a spot on the medal podium, bring attention to the plight of his people — and most likely never be able to return home. “It was very hard to say good-bye,” said the Ethiopian long-distance runner, “but I also knew that it’s not harder than what people are going through in my...
(AFP (eng) 08/24/16)
Olympic marathon silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa failed to return to Ethiopia Monday night despite assurances he would not be punished for his Rio protest over political repression in his country. An AFP journalist at the airport in Addis Ababa said Lilesa was not onboard the plane that landed on Monday night carrying Ethiopia's Olympics team. Ethiopian sports officials congratulated team members but made no mention of Lilesa's silver medal achievement -- one of only eight medals won by Ethiopia -- and refused to answer any questions about the athlete.
(AFP (eng) 08/11/16)
Ethiopian swimmer Robel Kiros Habte has won hearts in Rio but faced a vitriolic reaction at home Thursday due to accusations that nepotism is the only reason he is at the Olympics. The 24-year-old son of the country's swimming boss ranked 59th out of 59 competitors in the men's 100m freestyle heats on Tuesday, posting a time of 1:04.95 -- half a lap behind anyone else. Between the rippling abs of the world's finest swimmers, 24-year-old Habte's generously rounded stomach...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/29/16)
After an eight-month athletics training process, Ethiopia is now set to compete in the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympics. Among Ethiopia’s top athletes training hard for the August games is Tirunesh Dibaba and Gelete Burka, who aim to increase their medal haul at the events. According their head coach, Hussein Shibo, the athletes are now ready to compete at the games. We have been helping our athletes to obtain the time needed to attend Rio Olympics. “We have been preparing for...

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