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Cycling in Eritrea (The Economist)

Take it or leave it, Eritrea is the undisputed Cycling Champion of Africa. As for a little advice for some ignorant European authorities, professional Eritrean athletes who have already won highly coveted invitations to train and conqur abroad won't risk their carrier for an asylum paper. So, don't mix sport with politics.
To the ignorant Switzerland Authorities: Eritrea is the undisputed Cycling Champion of Africa and its professional athletes, who have already won highly coveted invitations to train and race abroad, won’t compromise their shining success with your worthless asylum paper.

By The Economist,

ERITREA would appear on no one’s list of cycling powerhouses. No African rider has ever won the Tour de France—no black African has ever even competed in it—and the last time an Olympic cycling medal was bestowed on an athlete from anywhere on the continent was 1956.

The closed and desperately poor nation, which split off from Ethiopia in 1993 following a 30-year-long separatist conflict, is a minnow even within the broader context of African sports. Unlike, say, Kenyan distance runners or Cameroon’s football team, Eritreans are yet to achieve significant international athletic success in any major event.  Continue reading Cycling in Eritrea (The Economist)

Daniel Teklehaimanot, the climber King

African Champion 2010

tropicaleamissabongo.com

Born November 10, 1988 at Debarwa, this Eritrean cyclists will forever mark the history of Tropical Amissa Bongo in which he registered as the first African to win a stage.

His feat was predicted yesterday by the RFI journalist Christopher Jousset in the Gazette of the tropics.  Continue reading Daniel Teklehaimanot, the climber King