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Media Coverage of Eritrea’s Achievements: Allergic and Formulaic

The media has been allergic to any good news about Eritrea. Like a political tsunami, the story of Eritrean athletes at the Tour de France almost shuttered the misrepresentation created by the corporate media and the whole world once again started to see the true image of the country and its people through these young men.

By Sophia Tesfamariam,

THIS has been an exciting week with Eritrea’s cyclists, Daniel Teclehaimanot and Merhawi Kudus, who are not only making history as the very first Africans in the 102 year old history of the Tour de France, but are also forcing mainstream media into reluctantly acknowledging not just their presence on the Tour, but also their athletic excellence and sportsmanship. The mainstream media has been allergic to any good news about the State of Eritrea, its leadership or its people. This historic moment in cycling history, will also take note of the racism that is wittingly or unwittingly perpetuated by journalists and sportscasters, while it showcases Eritrea’s many talents…and successes. Continue reading Media Coverage of Eritrea’s Achievements: Allergic and Formulaic

Eritrea’s Cycling Success: Credit Where It’s Due

By Bereket Kidane,

WHAT a week it has been. It’s been an unforgettable two weeks of July so far. Eritreans around the world were captivated by the performance of their riders on the Grand Tour of cycling and all the coverage they were receiving by the international media for being trail blazers.

A certain reporter for the Washington Post, Adam Taylor, who has never been to Eritrea, tried to argue that Eritrean athletes had become world class athletes not because of the support they received from the Government of Eritrea but in spite of it. Say what! Continue reading Eritrea’s Cycling Success: Credit Where It’s Due

Eritrean Riders are the Jackie Robinson of the Grand Tour

The three Eritreans of ‘Many Firsts’- the first Eritreans on Tour de France, the first black African riders on the Tour de France, the first African to wear the red polka dotted jersey as the Tour’s best climber riding for the Tour’s first modern African team. These are the riders that hope to blaze a grueling trail for the continent Africa. These are ambassadors for African cycling.

By Bereket Kidane,

WHEN Jackie Robinson became the first black Major League Baseball player for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, he was taunted and racially abused by white players who realized that their dominance of the sport was about to end. Today, only 60% of Major League Baseball players are white. The game’s top athletes are blacks from the Caribbean countries like the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Cuba. The same thing will happen overtime to the UCI’s Grand Tours as well. Continue reading Eritrean Riders are the Jackie Robinson of the Grand Tour

Tour de France #8: Daniel Teklehaimanot Still Retains the Polka Dot Jersey

By MTN-Qhubeka,

MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung’s first objective of the day was to retain Daniel Teklehaimanot’s Polka Dot jersey. With 2 points available at the stage finish, our African team were relying largely on Joquim Rodriguez (Katusha) not winning the stage, as he was the only real threat to Daniel’s jersey today. With Vuillermoz taking the victory, Daniel will keep the Polka Dots for another day. Continue reading Tour de France #8: Daniel Teklehaimanot Still Retains the Polka Dot Jersey

Natnael Berhane Forgives Racist Cyclist

The Tour of Austria jury today decided not to kick out Belarussian rider Branislau Samoilau from the race after Natnael Berhane shows big heart and forgives the racist, jealous rider

By Reuters,

THE man who founded the first African team to race in the Tour de France said on Friday that racist abuse suffered by one of his riders could not deflect from its success in establishing Africa’s place in world cycling.

MTN-Qhubeka team founder Douglas Ryder said Eritrean Natnael Berhane was upset at being called a “n****r” by Belarussian Branislau Samoilau as they raced alongside each other, but had rejected suggestions he be disqualified. Continue reading Natnael Berhane Forgives Racist Cyclist