The celebrated female Ethiopian athlete, Derartu Tulu, will receive a recognition certificate for her global impact and continued service to athletics from the State of Maryland, USA, on Friday July 19, 2019 in Washington DC. according to AU Representational Mission to US.
Member of the State of Maryland House of Delegates, Lorig Charkoudian reportedly said “we want to honor her for the global impact of her athletic accomplishments, as the first Black African Olympic Gold medalist, and her continued involvement in sport administration in Ethiopia.”
According to a press release of the Ethiopian Embassy in the US, more than 20 Olympians and world champions will join Derartu Tulu in the Grand African Run that will take place on July 21,2019.
Race Director, Gashaw Abeza said “the gathering of these legends will be a historical moment as some of these athletes live in different part of the United States. Bringing them together gives significant meaning to the purpose of Great African Run in DC.”
The annual mass participation 5 kilometers road race is organized to connect the Ethiopian diaspora through sport and culture, and highlight the diasporas’ positive contribution to their communities in the United States and to their home country, it was learned.
The event is organized by Nova Connections in partnership with the African Union Mission, DC Mayor’s Office on African Affairs and Ethiopian Embassy in Washington DC.