All Ethiopian games to take place in Oromia

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The third all Ethiopian games will kick-off in the first week of March 2012 bringing together 4500 athletes from all around the nation except Afar & Somalia.
Oromia, host for the annual event already declared it has finished its homework and is ready to receive the expected 4,500. The third edition of the All Ethiopian Games will take place in three venues at Adama, Assela and Bishoftu. This is because they have sufficient stadiums and entertainment facilities. Oromia, famous for being the birth place to Ethiopian great athletes like; Abebe Bikila, Mamo Wolde, Haile Gebreselassie, Derartu Tulu, Kenenisa Bekele & Tirunesh Dibaba, is expected to roll out fresh legs from the event ready to be torch bearers for the legends. Oromia, represented by three sides in Ethiopian premier league with Adama Town, Mugher Cement and Air Force; claims to be ready to produce youth talents in football. Players taking part at the league level are excluded from the festival. In the mean time the hosts opens their own All Oromia Games from January 16-30 in Jimma. The regional games bring together more than 5,000 athletes from all over the region.