By Elias Meseret, special to LetsRun.com
April 25, 2019
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Sisay Tsegaye, the victim of the alleged attack by Mo Farah that occurred during Farah’s winter training stint in Ethiopia, told LetsRun.com his altercation with the Briton was “minor” and that, contrary to what Haile Gebrselassie told The Guardian on Thursday, his wife was not involved. In an interview in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, Sisay said the brawl with Farah happened two months ago at the Gebrselassie-owned Yaya Village, where Farah also claimed he was the victim of a burglary last month.
“In 2018, there was a disagreement between [Farah] and me and my wife because he was alleging that we were copying his workout regime. And again two months [later], that erupted again…a brawl erupted inside the gym. I think Mo was thinking I was using his training regime to train other people. But in fact we were using videos downloaded from YouTube,” Tsegaye said, adding at this time he had an injury so he was helping train his wife.
Tsegaye said that it was Farah’s friends that started the brawl, and that in the middle of the brawl, Farah hit him from the back side.
“What happened at the time was they were saying we were copying their regime, and in the middle of that one of Mo’s friends insulted me. When a brawl erupted, Mo kicked me around my neck. It was a minor hit. This caused disturbance inside the gym. Police came to the scene but it was resolved with mediation. But he never touched my wife.”
Sisay further revealed it was marathon runner Feyisa Lelisa (silver medalist in Rio) who called him from America and asked him to resolve it. Sisay said that Gebrselassie was not involved in the resolution.
“Gebrselassie’s claim that Mo kicked and shoved me is not correct. Mo’s hit on my neck was very minor,” Tsegaye stated.
LetsRun.com has reached out to Farah’s representatives for comment.
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