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Haile to run on political ticket

Jul 10, 2013 | Sapa-AP |   1 comments

ADDIS ABABA - Distance running great Haile Gebrselassie says he is entering politics and may run for president of Ethiopia - even if his wife is not sure it is a good idea.

STRIDING OUT: Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie PHOTO: Getty Images

The two-time Olympic gold medalist and multiple world champion in the 10000m says he wants to "reach more people" through politics, a topic most Ethiopians avoid in a restrictive society with few civil liberties.

Used to breaking barriers, having set over two dozen world records from 5000m to the marathon, the 40-year-old Gebrselassie says he will run for a seat in parliament as an independent candidate in 2015.

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