After the meeting of executive committee of Ethiopia Athletics Federation, it was announced that in other to help an active athletes to overcome financial difficulty during the covid-19 pandemic; ETB4 million ( £97000/$121000/€11000) from it’s saving has been approved for them.
Among the other beneficiaries of the fund are coaches and other professionals working with athletes.
The EAF also intends to give complete training materials to 267 athletes, so that they can maintain their form and return to competition after the pandemic has ended.
Earlier this week, Ethiopian running legend Haile Gebrselassie donated nearly $50,000 (£40,000/€46,000) to help in the fight against the spread of coronavirus in his home country.
“It’s not time to profit but to save lives,” Gebrselassie, a former EAF President, said.
“We need to support the Government at this crucial time and support one another.
“This is a very different time we are in. Everything’s locked down and sporting events have been cancelled all over the world, so we have to be able to support our community”.