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  • The Cycling life: How Natnael’ shard work led to the Tour De France!

    By Asmait Futsumbrhan |

    He is one of the cyclists that have made their country’s name shine in the cycling world. The Professional Cyclist, Natnael Brhane, not only did succeed in making his dreams come true, he also became an inspiration to young Eritrean potential athletes to follow the virtuous line of Eritrean cycling. “I believe that the Eritrean cyclist possesses a great potential, a potential that would make Eritrea stand out in the cycling world. And I work to set a good example so that many of the great talents would be provided with a platform to have a chance”, says the two-time champion of Africa. Besides earning many titles to his name, Natnael recently became the Champion of Africa 2019, adding more honor and also responsibility as he will be participating at the grand tour --Tour De France 2019 -- which is going to start on the 6th of July. He has the best African cyclist’s record, registered in 2016 in Qatar. The Eritrean professional road racer currently plays for the French Cycling Team, Cofidis. Getting hold of him on his busy schedule as he prepares to leave for the Tour De France, Q & A talks to Natnael about his expedition as a professional athlete.
    • The rise of the star

    I am a person who didn’t have the support of the family at the beginning. My parents never knew that I was into cycling, even when I was contesting at mountain biking. I don’t know how I was influenced to get in to cycling, but I remember that I developed an unconditional love for it. Of course, I lived in a neighborhood where many of the cycling contests were held. Besides, there were many cyclists in my neighborhood, which encouraged me to get into cycling. My family heard my name on the radio when I used to win contests, but they didn’t know that I was the Natnel who was winning the races. Now, they are my biggest fans. My mother tells the story every time she meets people going through the same path.

    • The hurdles and opportunities, the long road to become a professional cyclist

    The only Eritrean who had the opportunity to go to the UCI before me was Daniel Teklehaimanot. However, when I was presented with the chance, I set up my mind to believe that I had to accept and go through whatever obstacles that may come my way, if I was going to succeed in making my dream of becoming a professional cyclist come true. And, as I had anticipated, that journey initiated my career. Here, we didn’t know the proper ways of being a professional athlete. Everything is connected: how you eat, sleep, recover, etc. The lessons shaped me to think and breathe like a professional. By the way I would like to mention that we have a young female cyclist, Desiet Kidane, who is taking lessons at UCI. This makes me very happy.

    Becoming a professional cyclist sure has ups and downs. One of the biggest challenges we have been experiencing is racism. That is something that tags along everywhere. I can have the potential to lead a race, but there is no European cyclist that would want to work for my result, or even be given the chance to lead a race. But this is something that I have to go through to be successful. In 2015, there was an incident many media outlets talked about. During a race, one of the contenders insulted me with an offensive word and threw something at me. But I just didn’t care and carried on with my game. The thing that he threw ended up hitting another contender and it caused a lot of problems. The guy who was hit heard what he called me and told the authorities. They were surprised to find out what he told them was true. That kind of behavior could have made him suspended from competing, but I didn’t sue. This is just a simple example of what we go through as African professional cyclists. That is why I push to work hard, so that we would be recognized for our talents and many Eritrean cyclists would be presented with a chance to be the best they can be in cycling.

    • A two time Champion of Africa, still making a head way across the globe

    Over the years, I have participated in many contests such as World Champion, Tour de France, Jero de Italia, and Tour of Turkey in addition to local tours. These are just few of the major races I participated in. I have been fortunate to win in many races: I won the Tour of Algeria 2012. Again, one of the biggest races in Europe, Tour Turkey 2013, I was able to win the stage race and receive the yellow jersey, making me the first African to win in a European race. At Tour Gabon 2014, I became the first African to ever win the stage race. But that wasn’t the first time to make history there; I had also participated in Tour of Gabon in 2011 with the National Team where I won I stage. I also finished 2nd to the yellow jersey in Tour of Rwanda 2 0 1 0 . During t h e interview, a f t e r r e c e iving my award, I told them that I dreamt of becoming the first African to win the race. The dream came true in 2014 and that was one of my happiest moments. Besides winning twice the Eritrean champion 2015 and 2019, becoming a two-time African champion 2011 and 2012 is what I consider to be one of my best accomplishments. Whenever I watch the video of the African Champion 2011, I still get emotional. Hosting the game here puts an immense responsibility on the contenders. Not only that, but mind you, it wasn’t just a race that cycling fans watched, it was a championship the whole country anticipated with passion. To see the whole country rejoice for winning the title meant the world to me.

    Also, talking of the recent championship of Eritrea 2019, it was an excellent r a c e . Every one prepared well and s h o w e d a great competency. It was one of the best races I have ever been to. Of course, I prepared well and worked hard to win the title. If you have a big contest planned right after a competition, it motivates you to work hard on it. That is why, becoming a champion was important for me since I am going to take part in Tour de France 2019. While on topic, I would like to express my appreciation for Robel Tewelde who won third place, for his skills and proficiency. I believe he did well and he deserves support.

    • Preparing for Tour De France 2019

    Winning the championship has its honors and responsibilities. To participate in one of the biggest cycling races wearing a customized shirt with my flag, besides being the only Eritrean and few of African contenders, is going to make me feel honored and would make me carry a great burden to keep up the good work. This is also a great inspiration for the young Eritreans who have a great talent for cycling. Let me tell you something. I didn’t have the big dreams to be in big races such as the Tour de France; all that I cared about was to get to the first division just like the senior cyclists. But now, these kids have icons to look up to that were able to participate in international races and who managed to win many titles. This will make them upgrade their potential to get there. So, I have trained well and I am ready to be at the Tour de France. My first week will focus on working for the team result. Afterwards, the second and third week, I will be sprinting to get in rank. This is what I am working on, and I hope that I would come out as one of the winners

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  • ግጥም ዋንጫ ሰላምን ምሕዝነትን ኣብ ኤርትራ ክካየድ እዩ

    ‘ግጥም ኩዕሶ እግሪ ንዋንጫ ሰላምን ምሕዝነትን’ ዝተሰምየ ውድድር ክካየድ ምዃኑ፡ ፕረዚደንት ፈደረሽን ኩዕሶ እግሪ ኤርትራ ኣቶ ኢሰያስ ኣብርሃም፡ ብቕድሚ ትማሊ ሰኑይ 10 ታሕሳስ ንጋዜጣ ሓዳስ ኤርትራ ኣብ ዝሃቦ ሓበሬታ ኣፍሊጡ።
    ኣቶ ኢሰያስ ኣብ መግለጺኡ፡ “ዝሓለፈ ሰሙን ንዝተኻየደ ሓጺር ዑደት ፕረዚደንት ካፍ ዶክተር ኣሕመድ ኣሕመድ ተኸቲሉ፡ ኤርትራ እተአንግዶ ግጥም ንዋንጫ ሰላምን
    ምሕዝነትን ኣብ መንጎ ሃገራት ኤርትራ፡ ኢትዮጵያ፡ ሶማልያን ጁቡቲን ክካየድ እዩ፡ ” ኢሉ።
    ብፕረዚደንት ዶ/ር ኣሕመድ ኣሕመድ ዝተመርሐ ላዕለዋይ ልኡኽ ኮንፈደረሽን ኩዕሶ እግሪ ኣፍሪቃ - ካፍ፡ ዝሓለፈ ሰሉስ 4 ታሕሳስ 2018 ኣብ ኤርትራ ናይ ሓደ መዓልቲ ናይ ስራሕ ምብጻሕ ከም ዘካየደን ምስ ኮሚሽነር ባህልን ስፖርትን ኤርትራ ኣምባሳደር ዘመደ ተኽለን ኣካየድቲ ኩዕሶ ኣግሪ ኤርትራን ተራኺቡ ከም ዝተዛተየን ይዝከር። ብተወሳኺ ፕረዚደንታት ፈደረሽናት ኩዕሶ እግሪ ኢትዮጵያ፡ ሶማልያን ጁቡቲን እውን ኣብቲ ኣጋጣሚ ኣብ ኤርትራ ተረኺቦም ነይሮም’ዮም።
    ኣቶ ኢሰያስ ኣብርሃም፡ ንዑደት ፕረዚደንት ካፍ ኣመልኪቱ ክገልጽ እንከሎ፡ “ምስ ፕረዚደንት ካፍ ዶክተር ኣሕመድ ኣሕመድ፡ ኣብ ኣህጉራዊ ኣኼባታት ከነካይዶ ብዝጸናሕና ርክባት፡ ናብ ኤርትራ መጺኡ ንህሉው ኩነታት ኩዕሶ እግሪ ሃገርና ክዕዘብን ብሽርክነት ንምስራሕን መደብ ነይሩዎ እዩ።
    ከም መቐጸልታ ርክባትና ከኣ ነዚ ኣብ ዞባና ተፈጢሩ ዘሎ ናይ ሰላምን ምሕዝነትን ሃዋሁ ንምድራዕ፡ ሓደ ውድድር ኩዕሶ እግሪ ክካየድ ተሰማሚዕና፡” ድሕሪ ምባል ኣቶ ኢሰያስ ኣብ መወዳእታ፡ “ካፍ ነዚ ውድድር ንምምሕዳራዊ መዳዩ ዝኸውን ናይ 25 ሽሕ ዶላር ሓገዝ ገይሩ ኣሎ። እቲ ውድድር ከኣ ካብ 11 ክሳብ 18 ለካቲት 2019 ኣብ መንጎ ናይ ትሕቲ 20 ዓመት ሃገራውያን ጋንታታት ኤርትራ፡ ኢትዮጵያ፡ ሶማልያን ጁቡቲን ኣብ ኤርትራ ክካየድ እዩ” ኢሉ።

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  • ሃገራዊት ጋንታ ኤርትራ ምስ ደቡብ ሱዳን ክትገጥም’ያ

    ሃገራዊት ጋንታ ትሕቲ 20 ዓመት ኩዕሶ እግሪ ኤርትራ ምስ ናይ ደቡብ ሱዳን መዘናኣ ምሕዝነታዊ ግጥም ከተካይድ ምዃና፡ ፈደረሽን ኩዕሶ እግሪ ኤርትራ ኣፍሊጡ።
    እቲ ምሕዝነታዊ ግጥም፡ ዝመጽእ ሰንበት 16 ሃገራዊት ጋንታ ኤርትራ ምስ ደቡብ ሱዳን ክትገጥም’ያ ታሕሳስ 2018 ኣብ ስታድዩም ኣስመራ ክካየድ ምዃኑ ተፈሊጡ ኣሎ።

    36 ኣባላት ዝሓዘት ሃገራዊት ጋንታ ትሕቲ 20 ዓመት ደቡብ ሱዳን፡ ጽባሕ ሓሙስ ኣስመራ ክትኣቱ ትጽቢት ከም ዝግበረላ ካብ ፈደረሽን ኩዕሶ እግሪ ኤርትራ ዝተረኽበ ሓበሬታ ብተወሳኺ የነጽር።

    ብኣሰልጣኒ ኣለምሰገድ ኤፍረም እትእለ ዘላ ሃገራዊት ጋንታ ኤርትራ፡ ካብ ዝሓለፈ ወርሒ ነሓሰ 2018 ኣትሒዛ ንውድድር ትሕቲ 20 ዓመት ሴካፋ 2018 ኣብ ምድላው ከም ዘላ ይፍለጥ። እዚ ከምዚ ኢሉ እንከሎ፡ ፈደረሽን ኩዕሶ እግሪ ሶማልያ ንሃገራዊት ጋንታ ትሕቲ 20 ዓመት ኤርትራ ኣብ መወዳእታ ወርሒ ታሕሳስ 2018 ናብ ሶማል ከይዳ ምሕዝነታዊ ግጥም ከተካይድ ዓዲሙዋ ምህላዉ ክፍለጥ ተኻኢሉ ኣሎ።

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  •  ካብ ሃገራት ዓለም፡ እታ እንኮ፡ ሚኒስተራታ ኣብ መኽፈቲን መዛዘሚን ጽምብል ተረኺቦም፡ ንስፖርትን ስፖርታውያንን ክብሪ ክህቡ ዝረኣኹላ ሃገር ኤርትራ እያ።" ፕረዚደንት ኮንፈደረሽን ቅድድም ብሽክለታ

    ሓዳስ ኤርትራ

    ንዓመተ 2011 ኣይርስዓን’የ። ኣብቲ እዋን’ቲ ኣብ ኤርትራ እንታይ ከም ዝገበርና እዝክሮ’የ። ሻምፕዮን ኣፍሪቃ ብምዕሩግ ኣገባብ ኣካይድና። ካብ ሃገራት ዓለም፡ እታ እንኮ፡ ሚኒስተራታ ኣብ መኽፈቲን መዛዘሚን ጽምብል ተረኺቦም፡ ንስፖርትን ስፖርታውያንን ክብሪ ክህቡ ዝረኣኹላ ሃገር ኤርትራ እያ።

    ኩልኹም ኣብ መዛዘሚ ውድድር ብኣካል ተረኺብኩም ንዋንጫ ቅድድም ብሽክለታ ኣፍሪቃ ዝተዓዘብኩም ኣምባሳደራት የቐንየለይ። ኣምባሳደር ኢትዮጵያ ኣቶ ሬድዋን ሑሴን እንቋዕ ናብ ኤርትራ ብደሓን መጻእካ። የቐንየልና። ኣምባሳደር ግብጺ ኣብ ኤርትራ - ኣምባሳደር ያሲር ብኣኻ ኣዝየ’የ ተገሪመ። ሃገራዊት ጋንታ ግብጺ እናተወዳደረት ንሃገራዊት ጋንታ ኤርትራ ኢኻ ትድግፍ ነይርካ። (ኣምባሳደር ያሲር ዓሊ፡ ንዕዉታት ተቐዳደምቲ ሽልማት ንኽህብ ናብ ፖድዩም ኣብ ዝደየበሉ፡ ሃገራዊ መዝሙር ኤርትራ ምስ ኤርትራውያን ክዝምር ብዓይንና ርኢናዮ ኢና) ንኹልኹም ኮሚሽነራት ዝብሎ ነገር እንተሎ፡ ኣብ ውሽጢ ናይ ሓደ ወርሒ ግዜ ከምዚ ዓይነት ዘገርም ዕዉት ኣወዳድባ ውድድር ኣርኢኹምና።
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    ስጳኛዊት ኤዛቤላ ሀርናንደዝ፡ ኣባል ማሕበር ቅድድም ብሽክለታ ዓለም’ያ። ኤዛቤላ ኣብ ዝተፈላለዩ ኣህጉራዊ ውድድራት ከም ኮምሽነር ዝዓየየት በዓልቲ ሃብታም ተመኵሮ ቅድድም ብሽክለታ’ያ። ኣብ ኤርትራ’ውን ኣብ ብዙሓት ውድድራት ከም ኮምሽነር ኮይና ሰሪሓን ንኤርትራውያን ከኣ ዝተፈላለዩ ስልጠናታት ሂባን። ኤዛቤላ፡ ዋላ’ኳ ኣብ ጽዑቕ ስራሕ ተጸሚዳ እንተቐነየት፡ ብዛዕባ’ዚ ኤርትራ ዘአንገደቶ ፈላሚ ውድድር ግን ኣድናቖታ ካብ ምግላጽ ኣይተቖጠበትን። “ኣነ ብዛዕባ ቅድድም ብሽክለታ ኤርትራን ኤርትራውያን ተቐዳደምትን ፍሉይ ክብርን ተስፋን’ዩ ዘለኒ። ብዓቢኡ ኸኣ ደገፍቲ ቅድድም ብሽክለታ። በዚ’የ ኸኣ ኣብ ዝኾነ ኣብ’ዛ ሃገር ኣብ ዝካየድ ውድድር ማሕበር ቅድድም ብሽክለታ ዓለም ንዓይ ክሰደኒ ዝደሊ። ካብ’ዚ ወጻኢ’ውን ብዝተፈላለየ ስልጠናታት ናብ’ዛ ሃገር እመጽእ’የ። ኤርትራ ሓያል ደጋፊ፡ ሓያላት ተቐዳደምቲ፡ ልዑል ናይ ስራሕ ባህጊ ዘለዎ ፈደረሽንን ካልእን ትውንን ሃገር ምዃና’የ ዝርዳእ። ስለዚ ዋላ’ኳ ኩሉ ግዜ በዛ ሃገር ኣብ ኩሉ ሸነኻት ዕግብቲ እንተኾንኩ፡ ካብ’ዚ ብዝተዓጻጸፈ ክትሰርሕ ዓቕሚ ዘለዋ ሃገር ምዃና’የ ዝኣምን።” ትብል እዛ ኣብ ሕጋጋት ቅድድም ብሽክለታ ክንዲ ፍረ ኣድሪ’ውን ትኹን ሸለል ከም ዘይትብል ዝግለጸላ ኤዛቤላ ሀርናንደዝ።

    ዶክተር ዓዛም ንነዊሕ ዓመታት ፕረሲደንት ኮንፈደረሽን ቅድድም ብሽክለታ ኣፍሪቃ ኮይኑ ዝዓዪ ዘሎ ግብጻዊ’ዩ። ብዘይካ’ዚ ምክትል ፕረሲደንት ማሕበር ቅድድም ብሽክለታ ዓለም’ውን እዩ። ስለዚ ዶክተር ዓዛም፡ ብሓፈሻኡ ነዞም ናይ ኣህጉርናን ዓለምን ዝዓበዩ ኣካየድቲ ቅድድም ብሽክለታ ብምውካል’ዩ ብቐዳም 24 ሕዳር ነዚ ውድድር ክከታተል ናብ ኤርትራ መጺኡ። ንሱ ብዛዕባ ኤርትራን ኤርትራውያን ተቐዳደምትን ኣብ ዝተሓተተሉ፡ “ኤርትራውያን ተቐዳደምቲ ኣብ 2006 ኣብ ኬንያ - ውድድር ኣኖካ ምስ ረኣኹዎም ኣገሪሞሙኒ’ዮም። እዞም ተቐዳደምቲ ኪኖ ንሃገሮም፡ ንኣህጉር ኣፍሪቃ’ውን ሓበን ከም ዝኾኑ ኣይተማታእኩን። ከም እምነተይ ከኣ፡ ኣብ ዝተፈላለዩ ዓበይቲ ውድድራት ሽም’ዛ ሃገር ኣጸዊዖም። ኣብ’ዚ ናይ ሎሚ ጸወታ (ሰንበት ምዃኑ’ዩ) ካብ መፈለምታ ክሳብ መወዳእታ ነቲ ጸወታ ክቕልስዎ ምስ ተዓዘብኩ፡ ግብጻውያን ተቐዳደምቲ እናሃለዉ፡ ከይተፈለጠኒ ክድግፎም ውዒለ” ክብል፡ ኣብ ልዕሊ ኤርትራውያን ተቐዳደምቲ ዘለዎ ኣድናቖት ኣብ እዋን ውድድርን ብሰንበት ምሸት ኣብ ዝተኻየደ ናይ መዕጸዊ ስነ-ስርዓትን ምስክርነቱ ሂቡ። ዶክተር ዓዛም፡ ብዛዕባ ኣፍቀርቲ ቅድድም ብሽክለታ ኤርትራ ኣብ ዝተሓተተሉ “ኤርትራ ማለት ብሽክለታ፡ ብሽክለታ ማለት ከኣ ኤርትራ’ዩ” ብምባል’ዩ ብሕጽር ዝበለ ኣኽብሮቱ ገሊጹ። ንሱ ብተወሳኺ፡ ዝመጽእ ዓመት ሞሮኮን ናይጀርያን ነዚ ዋንጫ ቅድድም ብሽክለታ ኣፍሪቃ ዝተሰምየ ውድድር ከአንግዳ ፍቓድ ሓቲተን ከምዘለዋን፡ እዘን ሃገራት ብዝኾነ ምኽንያት ነቲ ውድድር ከአንግዳ ምስ ዘይክእላ፡ ኤርትራ ንኸተአንግዶ ብዘይቀልዓለም ከም ዝሓትት ሓቢሩ።

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