Olympian runners train with amateurs at Ethiopian camp

Athletics village sees world-beating athletes sweating alongside stars of the future

Olympian runners train with amateurs at Ethiopian camp

World Bulletin / News Desk

A simple Ethiopian athletics camp which is attracting elite runners from around the world has opened its doors.

Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah is just one of the top-tier competitors using the facilities at Yaya Africa Athletics Village near the rural town of Sululta, 12 kilometers (7 miles) north of the capital Addis Ababa.

The athletics village -- owned by Ethiopian legend and double Olympic gold medalist Haile Gebrselassie -- was built five years ago.

Manager Lemmisa Bote said that a long list of internationally renowned runners had come to them for training on its five-hectare site.

Among them was British runner and Olympic champion Mo Farah. Focused on training, Farah -- recently knighted by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II -- declined to be interviewed but his presence revealed the elite-level quality of the training on offer.

“Most of these athletes are coming for one or two months of rigorous training and they seem to like it here,” fitness coach Ayenew Zergaw said.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Şubat 2017, 10:38