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In a week of awards for Ethiopia’s Beijing heroes, Dibaba becomes a Chief Superintendent, Bekele has a street named after him
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia- The list of honours Ethiopian runner Tirunesh Dibaba has earned in her short, but illustrious career already has many of her rivals running for minor positions when they line up against the double Olympic 5000m/10,000m champion: double World 5000m and 10000m champion; world indoor and outdoor 5000m record holder; and three-time World Cross Country long course champion.
The latest addition to Dibaba’s incredible CV came yesterday evening when her club, the Prisons Police, bestowed the rank of Chief Superintendent for her services to club and country.
Aged just 23, Dibaba, who will this year marry long-time fiancée and fellow club mate Sileshi Sihine, has not only amassed major titles and World records, but has also quickly risen up prisons police ranks.
She may be nicknamed the Baby Faced Destroyer, but there was nothing “baby faced” about the manner in which Dibaba received her latest honour.
Dibaba marched all the way from her seat to the podium at a ceremony held on Thursday evening saluted Maeregu Habtemariam, State Minister for Federal Affairs, who bestowed the new rank on her shoulders. She then saluted Habtemariam and marched back to her seat to the amusement of guests and the media.
She has now surpassed distance running ace Haile Gebrselassie, who is a Major with the Omedla Police club, and is equal in rank with Derartu Tulu, who is also a chief superintendent. Sihine, meanwhile, also moved up a rank going up to Major Officer. She has also achieved more in six years than both Tulu and Gebrselassie managed in careers spanning two decades.
Also included in the awards were other athletes who represented the Prisons Police club at the 29th Beijing Olympics. African 1500m champion Gelete Burka rose to Deputy Officer, African 3000m steeplechase silver medallist Mekdes Bekele and Yacob Jarso, fourth in the men’s 3000m Steeplechase final in Beijing, both move up to Warden. Their club coach Hussein Shebo, who is also the assistant coach of the national team, moved up to Superintendent.
A week earlier, Tsegaye Kebede, bronze medallist in the Olympic marathon and winner of this year’s Paris Marathon, earned the military rank Deputy Sergeant from his club, Defence forces.
Street named to honour Bekele
In a busy week of awards and commemorations, Ethiopia’s Olympic double 5000m/10,000m champion Kenenisa Bekele had an avenue in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa named after him by the city’s administration. “The Kenenisa Avenue” will run in one of the city’s major sections and will bear his name for visitors.
On the other hand, Dibaba has a hospital on the outskirts of the city named after her. “The Tirunesh Dibaba Hospital” is currently under construction in a joint collaboration between the Ethiopian and Chinese governments and is located in the Akaki-Kaliti sub-city in the suburbs of Addis Ababa.
Ethiopia’s Beijing medallists have also been raking up cash prizes and gifts over the past week. Both Bekele and Dibaba received a Toyota Corolla 2000 (current market value USD 40,000) each from the Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi two weeks ago. In addition, Bekele was awarded ETB 100,000 (USD 10,000) from his club Muger Cement for his outstanding services to the club.
The awards ceremonies are expected to continue with regions and regional administrations across the country also awarding the athletes.
Elshadai Negash for the IAAF
What is a big deal about getting Ethiopian military or police ranks?
Aren’t Agazis whom never been to school or never ever been known of their good contribution to the Ethiopian history are caring a highest military rank?
So do you think it will be impressing? hell she is accepting it just you idiots told her so!!
Tiruye we know you deserve more than these idiots’ rank and you got some thing more than it-the agazi rank, Well you got it, nothing is more than “The Love we all Ethiopians show you” we all love you and always have great respect for you.
FOR THE AGAZI ANIMALS
Your police rank will never impress no living Ethiopians, they don’t really need it, our athletes are our Gold and they are the only people keeping our history revile and rewriting it unlike your bandist animals of the TEKEZE DESERT,
Does it look like it is time to feel like your midgets should care about being Ethiopians when Eritreans locked their door on your low life “Shekati Beles"?
We don’t even want to see our precious athletes next to a child killer AGAZI whom their pictures will be kept to hunt them down regardless of how long it takes before justice will be served in Ethiopia and you all TEKEZE ANIMALS will pay for all your crimes you commit against Ethiopian people!!
Good for athletes!
she is beautiful.
Tirunesh Dibaba a wonderful Ethiopian woman from Oromia who represents Ethiopia!!! Lovely Ethiopian woman you are
take it easy man, you can’t with your dirty lehacham mouth tarnish the name of ethiopian military just because you don’t like a certain type of people in ethiopia! politicians come and Go, but the name Ethiopian Military has always been and will always be there to defend our land and people! believe me they do a much better job than crying foul on the net wusha, ye wusha lij
I think it is the right thing for our
heroes to disassociate themselves from woyane military.We don’t want
woyanes use them for thier propaganda
Who cares about ye-ambasha lijoche
ranking,she is a queen of Ethiopia.
This means they become the member of EPRDF!
Is it demotion or promotion?
You jiloch know that most of the athletes lik Kenenisa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba are EPRDF Meles Zenawi lovers? Kenenisa wedding was paid in full amount by Sheik Alamudi and yes Kenenisa Bekele wife is a Ethio woman from Adwa and her father was TPLF fighter. Tirunesh Dibaba is outspoken member of OPDO which are Oromo who support EPRDF Meles Zenawi. Dont forget the rest of them including Haile Gebersellaise are supporter of Lidetu Ayalew. No Athelete or Singer in Ethiopia support OLF, Kinijit, Ginbot 7 or ONLF. except Minnesota,DC and Toronto weak singers.
These are the accomplishments of
of cavemen woyanes so far until now.
1)genocide 2)corruption 3)looting
4)disease 5)starvation 6)division
7)ethnic cleansing and deceptions.
good job northern bandas for your
great accomplishments.you desreve a
good ranking for this.
That is something new to name street after Oromo!!
The neftegnas has been monopolizing all names for themselves for generations! Mind you Not that there are no Oromo Hero and Heroines who have made historical impact to the
Nation. Just it was the culture of Neftegnas to grab everything for themself!
Emperor Menelik II [Visitor]
Neftegna, if you not happy create your little Amhara Libration Front to liberate and establish the Semein mountain kingdom of Gojam and Gonder!!As far as I’m concerned, you could be the future King of Kings under Menelik III .Lol. That is not our business. No more your empty bravado disguised under the Name Ethiopia!!! You are not fooling anyone anymore!!!!!!
Good luck. Let’s see how far you can survive with all your “friends” bordering your from all sides!
Jealous ass Bandas.. why don’t you visit Banda web-sites and leave your filthy comments there?
They are Ethiopians and they did well for they country. We have never heard them claim to be anything other than being Ethiopian. We are proud of what they have accomplished and wish them more success.
Let us live politics and ethnicity out of the sports, as a matter of fact out of everything.
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