Addis Ababa September 30/2016 The government of Ethiopia has disbursed close to 6 million birr to athletes who took part in the 31st Olympic and the 15th Paralympics in Rio 2016 Olympics.
The awards were distributed yesterday evening at the National Palace in the presence of President Mulatu Teshome and Redwan Hussien, Minister of Youth and Sport as well as other high-level officials.
A car worth 1.4 million birr and a gold medal was awarded to Almaz Ayana, the only Ethiopian gold medalist who broke world women’s record for 10,000 meters.
Silver medalists Genzebe Dibaba in women’s 1,500 meters, Feyissa Lelissa in men’s marathon, and Tameru Kefyalew in Paralympics received half a million birr each. Winners of bronze medals, Tirunesh Dibaba (women’s 10,000 meters), Mare Dibaba (women’s marathon), Tamirat Tolossa (men’s 10,000 meters), Hagos Gebrehiwot (men’s 5,000 meters) were awarded 200,000 birr each.
Coaches of athletes who won silver, bronze medals and diploma received 100,000 birr, 60,000 birr and 30,000 birr each respectively.
Team leaders received from 60,000 to 30,000 birr, technical heads 55,000 birr, and journalists 15,000 birr each.
Regional states and organizations which contributed to the success of the Olympic were also given recognition.
President Mulatu said on the occasion the athletes have paid as much sacrifice as they can to maintain the victories inherited from their predecessors, though the types and numbers of medals won at the Rio Olympic were low.
The causes of low performance were lack of preparation, training and leadership, according to the president.
Youth and Sport Minister Redwan said the efforts the athletes exerted to win at the Olympic should not be taken lightly, although the outcome was unsatisfactory.