Top Eritrean athlete to compete at Holyrood

12 January 2007

Eritrea’s greatest ever athlete Zersenay Tadesse will compete in the Great Edinburgh International Cross Country run in Holyrood Park.

Zersenay Tadesse - the first person in Eritrean sporting history to win an Olympic medal - will compete in the Edinburgh International Cross Country run in Holyrood Park on Saturday January 13. He will be joined by Eritreans traveling from all over the UK to show support for their sporting hero.

Mariem Yassin, chairperson of the Eritrean Community in Scotland (ECS), said:

“Through the ECS, we try to make people feel at home wherever they are, be it in Eritrea or Scotland, and sport is one way of doing that. It allows people to come together, participate and celebrate.”

  • Last year, Eritreans in the UK, traveled over 400 miles to give an extraordinary support to Zersenay Tadesse, who came third in the Great Edinburgh International Cross Country Run. He is tipped this year to win.
  • Tadesse won the bronze in the 10,000 metres at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.
  • The runs starts at 11am. For more information on Zersenay Tadesse or for interviews, contact Mariem Yassin on 07727 623552.