The 2007 edition of the Great Ethiopian Run, which was due to take place on 9 September to coincide with celebrations for the millennium on 11-12 September, has been postponed until 25 November. No reason has been given for the decision, which was taken unilaterally by the government and communicated to the organisers 13 days before the ten-kilometre international road race was due to start.

The cancellation created problems for the 30,000 registered participants, many of whom were due to come to Ethiopia from abroad. They included marathon world record holder Paul Tergat from Kenya and around 2,000 underprivileged children from Ethiopia, who should have taken part free of charge.

For more information see the race website www.ethiopianrun.org/default.aspx

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