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Foreign Currency Shortage Stalls Olympic Hero Reward  

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Ethiopia’s Olympic gold medallist Solomon Barega says he is yet to receive a car promised by the authorities after he won the country’s only gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 games.

Solomon upset world champion and world record holder Joshua Cheptegei to win the 10,000m race with a time of 27 minutes 43.22 seconds.

State minister in the ministry of sports, Mesfin Cherinet, said that the car promised was not delivered owing to shortages of foreign currency.

The gold medal winner was in August pictured receiving a car key from Ethiopia’s President Sahle-Work Zewde.

But the minister said that “the car at the ceremony was the promised one, not the one he was to be given.”

The civil war in the north has devastated the country’s economy and left hundreds of thousands of people on the brink of starvation

Solomon said he understands the difficulties faced by the government and the bureaucracy involved in procuring the car.

”The process takes a long time. Former athletes faced the same. Even though mine has been delayed a bit long, I did not file a complaint,” he said.

The authorities have agreed to give him the equivalent of the car’s price in local currency, approximately 2.8m Ethiopian birr ($54,000; £42,000).

They also promised to help him import the car without paying customs duty.

 

BBC/Christopher Ojilere

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Charles Leclerc takes pole position at Spanish Grand Prix

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Ferrari’s world champion leader Charles Leclerc for Spanish Grand Prix before Max Verstappen Qualifying at the sweltering Monte Melo circuit on Saturday.

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Local Carlos Sainz cheered on huge home support to start Sunday’s race on the second row of another Ferrari, which he will join with George Russell’s Mercedes Contest.

Charles Leclerc is the championship leader

Sergio Perez in the second Red Bull sat in the third row with Lewis Hamilton in the other Mercedes.

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Lake Mecklenburg region. The way of Maria’s pilgrimage was opened | STERN.de:

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After two years of preparation, the Marian Pilgrimage to the shores of Lake Kummer (Lake Mecklenburg) opened on Saturday. After the morning service, those interested were invited to explore part of the way together. “It was a beautiful experience in the midst of a thunderstorm,” Pastor Detlbrick told the German news agency from the Verchen-Kummerov Evangelical ward. The route takes ten stages through the landscape of the eastern shore of Lake Kummerov, with six stops and four churches. In the four churches of Molzhan, Volkwitz, Somersdorf and Verchen there are portraits of the Virgin Mary, which give the name of the path.

After two years of preparation, the Marian Pilgrimage to the shores of Lake Kummer (Lake Mecklenburg) opened on Saturday. After the morning service, those interested were invited to explore part of the way together. “It was a beautiful experience in the midst of a thunderstorm,” Pastor Detlbrick told the German news agency from the Verchen-Kummerov Evangelical ward. The route takes ten stages through the landscape of the eastern shore of Lake Kummerov, with six stops and four churches. In the four churches of Molzhan, Volkwitz, Somersdorf and Verchen there are portraits of the Virgin Mary, which give the name of the path.

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