The President of the Ethiopia basketball Federation, Dr Ashebir Woldegiorgis, was recently elected President of the Ethiopian Olympic Committee (EOC) by the General Assembly of that body. Dr Ashebir, who ran unchallenged, replaces Berhane Kidanemariam who was been in office since 2009. After his election, Dr Woldegiorgis said one of his priorities was to see Ethiopia get a National Olympic Academy, promising to serve with firmness and commitment and thus contribute to the development of sport and Olympism in the country. Sizing up the challenges ahead, the new EOC boss acknowledged he has enormous work to do during this Olympiad, particularly in preparing athletes for the next Olympic Games billed for Tokyo in 2020.
The session also elected two Vice Presidents, Teklewoini Assefa Haglos, current Vice President of the Ethiopian Football Federation and Gebregziabher Gebremariam, Vice President of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation. Tamrat Bekele was on his part elected Secretary-General.