IN PICTURES: Qeerroo in London Celebrates Olympics Victory of Oromiyaan Olympians
On the conclusion of the 2012 London Olympics on August 12, the Qeerroo in London held a ceremony to celebrate the phenomenal achievements of Oromo Olympians. The ceremony was held in conjuction with the Men’s Marathon event. Though Oromiyaa is a stateless country in the Horn of Africa – struggling for the right to self-determination and independence, Oromo Olympians have graced the Olympic Games over the years. From winning the first Olympic medal for black Africa (Abebe Bikila in Rome in 1960) to winning the first Olympic medal for Bahrain (Maryam Yusuf Jamal in London in 2012), Oromo Olympians have made history in long-distance athletics at the Games. With the realization of Oromiyaa’s independence, Oromo Olympians will continue to grace Oromiyaa at the Olympic Games.
Here are pictures from Qeerroo’s August 12, 2012 ceremony for Oromo Olympians in London.
Meseret Defar Tola, Tirunesh Dibaba and Maryam Yousuf Jamal of Oromiyaa Storm to Victory
Oromiyaan Athletes: Oromiyaan Skin without the Abyssinian Mask
Tiki Gelana of Oromiyaa Sets Olympic Record in Women’s Marathon
Tariku of Oromiyaa Clinches the Bronze Medal @ London 2012
London Olympics: Oromiyaan Tirunesh Did It Again!
The following video shows how Oromo nationalists are celebrating Oromiyaan Olympians in social media outlets, such as Facebook. The song is by Saliha Sami.