Have to ask.... wrote:
So what would happen if USOC said yes but USATF said no? We know that the USOC gives authority to pick teams to each Federation. The US Archery Federation picks their team. However, that is a gift from the USOC. Seems to me, the Olympic Committee wins in a battle between itself and another group that only has power they give it. The Olympic Committee ignores the Athletics Federation and he goes. Not saying he should or that's right, but the Ethiopian Olympic Committee is given 3 slots by the IOC. If I got to decide this, it's not how I'd go, but it's what I predict.
You are right on the money in talking about that. We addressed this situation in the WTW. What most people don't realize is there is a crazy fight going on before this between the Ethiopian Olympic federation and the Athletics federation. Derartu Tulu - the head of the Athletics fed - had pulled the atheltes out of the hotels and had htem protest outside the Olympic federation offices and somehow the Olympic guy was briefly arrested. Now he's put in Haile G and ** as his VPs which means there are runners on both sides I guess???
Here is what we wrote:
It remains to be seen what will happen. The second post above confirms what LetsRun.com friend and Ethiopian journalist Teferi Debebe told us last week — there is a huge conflict going on between the Ethiopian Olympic Committee and the Ethiopian Athletics Federation. It’s very complicated and we don’t totally understand what is going on.
But it’s safe to say that the head of the Ethiopian Olympic Committee, Dr. Ashebir Woldegiorgis, and the head of and Ethiopian Athletics Federation, Deratu Tulu, do not get along. Earlier this year, Tulu led a bunch of athletes in a protest outside the Olympic Committee’s offices as she thinks the Olympic Committee is corrupt and doesn’t treat the athletes well. Woldegiorgis was at one point briefly jailed, but he’s now back in charge and has former distance greats Haile Gebrselassie and Berhane Adere as his vice presidents. There’s been talk of an Olympic boycott by Tulu while others fear Ethiopia could be barred from the Olympics if the government gets involved and picks the team as that’s in violation of the Olympic charter.