Olympic medalist enters political race

2013-07-08 21:13
Haile Gebrselassie (Picture: AP)

Haile Gebrselassie (Picture: AP)

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Addis Ababa - Distance running great Haile Gebrselassie says he is entering politics and may run for president of Ethiopia - even if his wife is not sure it's a good idea.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist and multiple world champion in the 10 000m tells AP he wants to "reach more people" through politics, a topic most Ethiopians avoid in a restrictive society with few civil liberties.

Used to breaking barriers having set over two dozen world records from 5 000m to the marathon, the 40-year-old Gebrselassie says in an interview on Monday that he will run for a seat in parliament as an independent candidate in 2015.

And although the next presidential election in September is probably too soon, Gebrselassie also is considering a future run for that office.

- AP
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