Ethiopia’s Olympic marathon silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa who political protest at the finish line has put Ethiopia’s biggest ethnic group the Oromo and their protest... Ethiopia’s Olympic Marathon Silver Medalist to seek asylum in America

Ethiopia’s Olympic marathon silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa who political protest at the finish line has put Ethiopia’s biggest ethnic group the Oromo and their protest for freedom back in the limelight.

Feyisa Lelisa

Feyisa Lelisa

However it has put him in personal danger and he faces jail time if he returns to ethiopia. Lilesa claims most of his relatives are in Jail.

Lilesa claims most of his relatives are in Jail.

In the interview, Lilesa says he may try to get a visa and move to America, and that he would be killed or jailed if he returns to Ethiopia.

However for the time being he says he has a pass to train in Kenya and that is where he will be going from Rio.

Ethiopian political unease bubbling over into track meets is nothing new. Four Ethiopian runners defected during the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon, and are now seeking asylum in the United States. Those athletes, like Lilesa, were opposed to the Ethiopian government’s treatment of Oromo people.

 

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