Friday, June 03, 2016

Kenenisa Bekele says 'unjust' that he was left off Olympic team

(Jun 03, 2016, (ADDIS ABABA, (AP)))--Kenenisa Bekele took a swipe at the Ethiopian Athletics Federation on Wednesday after he was left off the marathon team for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, calling his exclusion ''unjust'' and claiming the selection criteria is ''biased.''

In an interview with The Associated Press after the EAF confirmed Bekele wasn't part of the four-man team for Rio, Bekele said athletes were informed way too late that they must run in at least two major marathons in the 12 months before the team was picked to be eligible.

''I am very disappointed by the announcement that the Ethiopian Athletics Federation made about the selection of athletes competing in (the) marathon,'' Bekele said in an interview at his office in Addis Ababa. ''The selection process was biased and the result unjust.''

The federation's decision to leave out Bekele, the world-record holder and three-time Olympic champion in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, was a major surprise. Read more from Yahoo »

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