A colony for 50 years, federated , Unified to Ethiopia , in 1991's seceded after three decades of rebellion. Since 1998 Eritrea is at War, harboring proxy warriors especially the notorious Al- Shabab. Torture ,imprisonment , thousands fleeing, no religious freedom , the only university is closed, everybody is in the army, No Parliament, No election, No functioning institution, No free press & all living journalists are in prison. Eritrea is called the North Korea of Africa.
The day that has been awaited is finally here, the worlds eyes are on London, the stage is set, the security is tightened, the Olympic lanes are at full effect bringing London’s traffic at a stand still, but one thing is in it’s favor! The sporting buzz and the Olympic fever has reached it’s peak, most of all Eritreans that live world wide and particularly the community in London and those that made it to London to show their support to team Eritrea the anticipation for the games couldn’t get any higher!
Ahead of the official opening that is due to kick off on Friday 27th of July 2012 where all nations along with their athletes are to be officially welcomed, a less publicised welcome for Eritrea’s national team was held on Tuesday 24th of July. During the ceremony the mayor of the designated village Member of Parliament Tessa Jowell who is also Shadow Minister for the Olympics officially welcomed the Eritrean Team represented by the Head of the Eritrean National Olympic Committee Mr Berhane Ghebremariam at the Olympic Village where Eritrean national anthem was played during whilst the Eritrean flag was being hosed. Amongst the participants were representatives of Eritran Organisations in the UK (Religious, leaders, Elders, Youth, Women, Media, and much more) were present.
For the London Olympics Eritrea is participating in Mens and Womens Marathon, 10,000, 5,000, 3,000, 1,500 running, and Mens Cycling games represented by the African Champion Daniel Teklehaymanot . Despite the rich heritage and culture of Cycling in Eritrea, this is the first time that Ertrean Cycling team represented by Africas Champian Daniel Teklehaimoanot will be participating in the Olympics.
Although we say it is the first, it is not the first time for Eritreans to be at the Olympics, the only difference was that they were representing Ethiopia by force before Eritrean Independence was achieved, nonetheless Eritrean sports men and women deep in their heart and soul always represented Eritreans! This time is our time to shine the beautiful flag and represent not only Eritrea, but the whole Africa!
Should you want to follow the event, please don't forget to come out with your FLAGS to show your support for our athlete Daniel Teklehaimanot in the Olympic Cycling Road Race this Saturday, 28 July, 2012.
Two meeting places are proposed.....
1) For families with children & others, meet on Platform-1 of Vauxhall railway station exactly @9:30am to take the 9:58 train to Box-Hill & arrive there @10:40, where Daniel needs our support the most.
2) For those who can't make it to Box-Hill, meet outside South Kensington stationn @9:00am.
Please be advised that most roads are closed as well as there is no parking available. So to avoid disappointment, it's advisable to use public transport.
Don't miss this chance of a lifetime and chant Wesede Eriey Beal Seere, Wesede Dani Beeal Seere!, and do spread the word!!
·Yonas Kifle – Marathon 12th August 2012 starting time 11:00 a.m.
·Yared Asmerom Marathon 12th August 2012 starting time 11:00 a.m.
·Samson Keflemariam Marathon 12th August 2012 starting time 11:00 a.m.
·Barakhi Beyene Marathon 12th August 2012 starting time 11:00 a.m.
·Rehaset Mehari (Womens Marathon) 05th August 2012 11:00 a.m.
10,000 Zeresenay Tadese 04th August 2012 Final time 21:15
10,000 Teklemariam Medhin (Hazega) 04th August 2012 Final time 21:15
10,000 Negusie Amlesom 04th August 2012 Final time 21:15
First hit round one 5000 Meters Mens, time 10:45
5,000 Abrar Osman
5000 Amanuiel Mesel
Zeresenay Tadese , and Teklemariam Medhin (Hazega) might try to for the 5000 as they already have got the minima or qualification standard.
The final will be on the 11th of August 2012
3000 ACCH Relay Staple Chase
Weynay Gebreselassie 03rd August 2012 first Hit round one and final will be on the 05thAugust 21:25
1500 Teklit Teweldeberhan 03rd August 2012 First hit round one 19:00 to 21:00 and on 05th of August 2012 will be semi final and final will be held on the 07th August 2012.
The Eritrean Team are so far understood to be in great shape both Emotiionally and physically, and they are being coached by the individuals stated below.