ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) â€” Distance running great Haile Gebrselassiewas part of a group of athletes who protested against the Ethiopian track federation on Tuesday.
The athletes were protesting the federationâ€™s selection process for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Gebrselassie was part of a group of more than 100 athletes who gathered outside the National Stadium in Addis Ababa.
Gebrselassie told The Associated Press that the federation was â€œmarred with incompetency.â€ He was protesting against, among other things, the exclusion of Kenenisa Bekele from the marathon team for the games.
Bekele, the 5,000 and 10,000 meters world-record holder, was also present. Both he and Gebrselassie addressed the athletes.
A number of other athletes have complained about their exclusion from Ethiopiaâ€™s Olympic team, claiming that the selection process is unfair.