Non sono particolarmente avvezzo ad esaltare o addirittura idolatrare personaggi dello sport, ma per il piccolo grande etiope credo farò (giustamente) un'eccezione.
Oggi Haile Gebrselassie, una leggenda vivente dell'atletica, compie 42 anni.
"Many people know that Etiopia is poor. When I break a world record, maybe people get to know something else about Ethiopia, something good. We can’t make planes or cars, we don’t have the materials. We do what we can.”
“You must do as your people do. If my people are poor, I must be poor. People ask me, ‘Why don’t you find a personal coach or a private car?’ I can’t. Then I won’t be part of my people.”
“You know, I want to help my country. Definitely I can help them, simply by winning races. Sure, they can follow my path to a good career. But for me it is not enough. I want to be more than that. In everything I want to be a role model."