Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele to build multi-million-dollar complex
ADDIS ABABA (AFP) — Ethiopian track great Kenenisa Bekele announced Wednesday on state television he would finance the construction of a multi-million dollar sports complex in Ethiopia.
The multi-purpose sports centre will be established in Sululta, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of Addis Ababa and will cost an estimated 15 million dollars (10.7 million euros).
"Its opening will contribute a lot to the development of sports in the country," Bekele said.
The 50-hectare complex is expected to be completed within two years and Bekele said he was subsequently planning to host an international cross-country tournament.
The 26-year-old won gold in both the 5,000 and 10,000 metres at the Beijing Olympics and was rewarded with a car by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi upon returning to Ethiopia.
Ethiopia, one of the world's poorest countries, finished 18th in the medals table with four gold, one silver and two bronze.