Indian athletes can dominate Kenyans and Ethiopians in future: Gebrselassie

Indian athletes can dominate Kenyans and Ethiopians in future: Gebrselassie

Two-time Olympic gold medallist and long distance runner Haile Gebrselassie, on February 24 predicted that Indian athletes will outshine their Kenyan, Ethiopian and other African counterparts on the track in the coming days.

Gebrselassie reckoned that it is just a matter of time when India produces that first athlete who will win a medal at a major international event like the Olympics or a World Championship, and a number of youngsters will begin to follow his/her footsteps.

“Believe me, Indians have the talent and perfect body structure for long distance but the only thing is that they should be motivated and have the know-how to train. If they can do that, I am afraid in the future Indians can dominate the Kenyans and Ethiopians in athletics,” said the 43-year-old.

“It’s very difficult to find a first athlete who won the first medal, but once he/she gets that, it will be very easy. Especially in a country like India... the problem is to find that first athlete who can inspire others,” he added.

“India is a much better country than Ethiopia or Kenya in terms of economy. I have never seen a rich family in Ethiopia producing an athlete, 95% of them come from poor families,” he added.