This weekend will be the election of the new president of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation. Running legend Haile Gebrselassie is aiming for this position and hopes to be elected this Sunday.

“Athletics changed my life completely and I am thankful for that. I have gained a lot of experience throughout my athletics career and now it is time to give back to my country and sport. I am looking forward to use this experience and work together with all the people involved in EAF to bring Ethiopian athletics to a higher level”.

Haile Gebrselassie has been competing for 23 years, since 1992 when he won the 5000m and 10.000m title at the World Junior Championships. He had an impressive career with 27 world records, 61 Ethiopian records, two Olympic gold medals and eight world championship titles.

Besides his athletics career, Haile Gebrselassie is a businessman. He employs more than 2000 people in several businesses, and is involved in real estate projects, owns four hotels, a coffee plantation and is the distributor for Hyundai in Ethiopia. He considers community projects as his responsibility. He is a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations and involved in tree planting, road projects and he built several schools in his residential area.