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  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Ethiopian Marathon Runner Feyisa Lilesa

    By Keren Mikva, 10:36 am AFKI Original

    Feyisa Lilesa won an Olympic medal in Rio, but crossed the finish line with his arms raised in protest against the Ethiopian government. Given the Ethiopian government’s history of imprisoning political protesters, Lilesa is afraid to return home. He believes he will be killed or imprisoned if he does. The Ethiopian government said that Lilesa would be welcomed home from the Olympics as a hero. Here’s how Lilesa’s symbolic gesture is playing out.

  • 12 South African Paralympic Games Athletes Who Are Aiming For Glory

    Paralympic Games - Lucas Sithole, South Africa's wheelchair tennis star By Peter Pedroncelli, 2:00 am AFKI Original

    The South African Paralympic team is in Brazil for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, with the aim of making their country proud during the competition, which runs from September 7 – 18. The 45-person team is representing the country in a total of 10 sporting codes. Here are 12 of Team South Africa’s Paralympic Games athletes who are aiming for glory in Brazil.

  • Ethiopian Protest Marathoner Lilesa Arrives In The U.S.

    By Kevin Mwanza, 10:16 am

    Feyisa Lilesa, the Ethiopian protest marathoner, who caught the world’s attention after making a political gesture against the killings of the Oromo people by his home government arrived in the US, the country he hopes will grant him asylum on Friday morning. Lilesa crossed his arms after winning the silver medal in the Men’s marathon on the last day of the Rio Olympics, an act that put his life at risk.

  • Caster Semenya Making 400m International Debut In Brussels

    Caster Semenya - 400m international debut By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:41 am AFKI Original

    South African star athlete Caster Semenya will make her 400m international debut this week at the final 2016 Diamond League meeting in Brussels, with a view to potentially adding that event to her specialist 800m race. The 25-year-old won the gold medal and Diamond League trophy this year in her favoured 800m event, and adding the 400m to her repertoire could lead to further glory.

  • South Africa’s Paralympic Team Excited To Shine At Rio 2016

    Paralympic Team - Fanie van der Merwe runs for SA paralympic team By Peter Pedroncelli, 7:32 am

    The South African Paralympic team is in Brazil ahead of Wednesday’s opening ceremony for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, and the selection of athletes is ready to make their mark on the competition. The paralympians will add to South African pride with their exploits over the next couple of weeks, with the competition running from September 7 – 18.

  • Caster Semenya Prepares For Olympic Final Rematch In Diamond League

    Diamond League - South Africa At The Rio Olympics By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:38 am AFKI Original

    South African athletics hero Caster Semenya is fresh off of her stunning gold medal win at the Olympic Games in Rio, but she is not taking time to rest as the 800m specialist prepares to go for victory in the Zurich leg of the 2016 Diamond League series on Thursday. The Diamond League series is an annual 14-meeting track and field event that brings together the best athletes in the world for events held throughout the globe.

  • Rio Olympics: Crowdfunding Campaign For Ethiopian Runner Lilesa Raises $130,000

    Feyisa Lilesa By Kevin Mwanza, 6:55 am

    A crowdfunding campaign for Ethiopian runner and Olympic silver medalist, Feyisa Lilesa, has raise over $130,000 days as he failed to return home from the Rio Olympics on concern that his life could be in danger after flashing a protest sign against the government’s crackdown on his Oromo community. Lilesa crossed his arms in the air as he finished the race on Sunday and during the medal presentation, in solidarity with the Oromo people who have faced a brutal crackdown since protests began in November last year.

  • South Africa’s Rio 2016 Medallists – An Interesting Bunch

    Rio 2016 Medallists – Wayde Van Niekerk wins gold By Peter Pedroncelli, 3:25 am AFKI Original

    The Olympic Games have come to a close, and Team South Africa’s Rio 2016 medallists managed a 10-medal tally that has pleased the sports-loving fans of their country. They are an interesting bunch of people, and we decided to get to know them better so that we could present a few things you probably didn’t know about South Africa’s Olympic medal winners.

  • 12 Good And Bad Memories For African Teams At The Rio Olympics

    Wayde Van Niekerk Recognised With National Olympic Committees Award By Kevin Mwanza, 8:40 am AFKI Original

    The 31st edition of the Olympic Game ended on Sunday, August 21, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They were the first Olympic Games to be held in Latin America. African teams had mixed fortunes of victorious, shameful and controversial moments in the three-week sporting bonanza. Below are 12 good and bad things that the continent’s representatives experienced at the games.

  • Team South Africa Return To Massive Welcome And Hefty Medal Bonuses

    By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:57 am AFKI Original

    Team South Africa returned to Johannesburg from Brazil on Tuesday morning, fresh from their 10-medal winning exploits at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and they were met at OR Tambo International by thousands of fans who had packed the airport to welcome them home. The 137 athletes who represented South Africa at the Games returned home with 10 medals; two gold, six silver and two bronze.

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