Ethiopian long-distance runnerA�Kenenisa Bekele saidA�he was bitterly disappointed to be left out of Ethiopia’s team for the Rio Olympics A�and foundA�members of the country’s athletics federation responsible for this as he said theyA�knew nothing of the sport.
“I’m deeply disappointed and sad. I have long overcome my Achilles tendon injury and I was ready for the challenge,” the Ethiopian athlete told mediaA� baclofen without prescription, buy Zoloft. on Wednesday.
34-year-old,A�who holds the world record and Olympic record in both the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres events was left out of theA�Ethiopian National marathon team as he did not run enough big races over the recent past years.
“The federation set a criteria they knew very well would rule me out,” BekeleA�added.
“I finished third in the London marathon (in April) when I was far from 100 percent fit. I’d done my preparation in full. Everyone knows that London is the toughest marathon except the people from the federation. There is a group there that know nothing about athletics.”
34-year-old said A�”According to their criteria I’m only seventh in the selection list. That they did not consider what I have done for Ethiopian athletics is one thing, but the problem is that they have not considered than my performances have been no worse than those who have been selected.”
Bekele was one of the greats at 5,000 and 10,000, he wonA�gold in the 10,000 metres at the Athens Olympics in 2004 and two golds again for his country in 5000A�and 10,000 metres four years later in China’s Capital.
He won his debut marathon in Paris in 2014 before his injury struggles last year.
The Ethiopian Athletics Federation have selected A�2016 Tokyo marathon winner Feyisa Lilesa and 2015 Boston champion Lelisa Desisa as well as Lemi Berhanu and Tesfaye Abera to run the marathon upcoming Olympics in Brazil’s Capital.
Ethiopia’s preparation for the Games, which begin on Aug. 5, have been disrupted by concerns over their drug-testing systems, after the IAAF governing body said in March that it was one of five countries that were in “critical care”.
Ethiopia’s preparation for the Games, which going to begin on Aug. 5, have been disrupted by concerns over their drug-testing systems, after the IAAF governing body said in March that it was one of five countries that were in “critical care”.A�The east African nation alongside A�their neighbour Kenya dominated the world of distance running A�on the tracks and roads from past several yearsA�announced that it would carry out doping tests on up to 200 athletes.
TwoA�Ethiopian Athletics,A�Taemo Shumye and Sentayehu Merga were banned for four years last week by the country’sA� Athletics A�Federation after theyA�tested positive for banned substances.
The federation also stated that other remaining A�four athletes A�stayA�under investigation by the World Anti-Doping Agency and the IAAF for doping.