Ethiosports is an Ethiopian-American Sports & Travel News Magazine based in Oregon, USA.
When Ethiosports was first created back in 1999, its primary function was to provide news and information on Ethiopian soccer and athletics. But after more than a decade of valuable service, we felt that it was time to expand our service to Adventure, Culture & History, Travel & Tourism.
- To promote Ethiopia as a great destinations for Adventure, Culture & History, Sports, Travel & Tourism.
- To connect the US and Ethiopia in Adventure, Sports, Travel & Tourism.
- To serve as an information forum for adventure travelers to share their experience in Ethiopia and in the US.
- To create a platform for travel & tourism-related companies and others to advertise their products & services.
- To bring together entrepreneurs and investors to discuss tourism-related investment opportunities in the country.
Ethiopia has produced some of the world’s greatest runners over the past 50 years, including legendary Abebe Bikila, who put the country on the athletics map of the world when he won the 1960 Rome Olympics’ marathon barefoot. Mamo Wolde and Miruts Yifter followed in his footsteps as did many others such as Haile Gebrselassie, Kenenisa Bekele, Tirunesh Dibaba, Meseret Defar, etc….
Ethiopia’s Tourism Potential
Ethiopia is a country blessed with great history and culture. Furthermore, the country is blessed with beautiful landscapes, which are suitable for a range of outdoor activities, including walking, fishing, bird watching, mountain and rock climbing, white-water rafting, kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, trekking, caving and paragliding. However the link between tourism and sport activities in the country has not been adequately promoted.
1 million Ethiopians in the US
The number of Ethiopians & Ethiopian-Americans living and working in the United States is estimated to be around 1 million. They often travel to Ethiopia and within the US. Ethiosports will serve as a great platform for travel and tourism-related companies to explore this niche & untapped market.
Website Growth: Our website has shown tremendous growth over the years, where our daily news is now indexed in Google News, helping us to attract the following numbers*: (Source: Google Analytics)
2013 Stats (Jan. 1- Dec. 31, 2013)
Total Visits: 388,767 (USA= 188,443 or 43.33%)
Unique Visitors: 222,097
Page Views: 768,963
News, Press Releases & Articles - We will post the latest news & information and also welcome your press releases and articles. Please send yours at: [email protected].
Travel Deals & Offers: Ethiosports will publish news & information on airlines, tours, hotels and restaurants’ deals & offers. So, send us yours.
Share your Experience: We invite you to share your travel experience (including photos) in Africa & here in the US.
Advertising: Become a sponsor of EthioSports and we’ll publish your company’s profile; news, press releases, articles, deals & offers, events …. We offer the following advertising opportunities: Square (125×125), Rectangle (300×250) and Banner (468×60) Ads. Visit our “Advertising Page” or contact us at: [email protected]
Mamo Gebrehiwot, Founder & Publisher
Founder & Managing Editor-Â Mamo Gebrehiwot Mamo Gebrehiwot is an Ethiopian/American Sports Consultant with extensive business and sports background.
Education: B.A. in Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting- San Jose State University,Ã‚Â San Jose, California.
Sports Background: Mamo played for Electric Football Club’s reserve team, one of Ethiopia’s leading soccer clubs but his playing career was cut short due to a nagging knee injury. Undeterred by the setback, he used his love for the sport and his language skills to pursue a career as a sport journalist with the English daily “Ethiopian Herald”,Ã‚Â which gave him the opportunity to meet and interview some of Africa’s leading soccer stars, athletes, coaches and officials. Following his move to the United States, where he received a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University, Mamo worked as a Credit analyst and Auditor for Silicon Valley Bank for seven years. Despite his striving career, he left the banking world to pursue a career in sports. He has, since then, worked as an independent sports consultant working with the Ethiopian Athletics and Football Federations, founded soccer-africa.com, an online magazine (folded in 2000) and Ethiosports.com, which was mentioned as one of the world’s 100 Best Soccer Sites by Soccer America magazine (July 3, 2000).
Languages Skills: Amharic (Ethiopian), French and English He currently resides in Aloha, Oregon, where he can be reached at:Â [email protected]
Mamo with some of the World’s Greatest Sports Personalities
- Mamo with England’s 1966 World Cup winner & Manchester United superstar
- Sir Bobby Charlton (left), France’s 1984 European Champion & current UEFA President
- Michel Platini (center), CAF President Issa Hayatou and 2010 Southe Africa’s World
- Cup Organizing Committee President, Danny Jordan
- Mamo with Ethiopia’s greatest athlete Haile Gebrselassie (left), Germany’s World
- Cup winner and current US national soccer team coach Jurgen Klinsman (center)
- and England’s 1966 World Cup hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst
EthioSports.com has over the years interviewed some of Ethiopia’s greatest athletes such as Haile Gebrselassie & Kenenisa Bekele, and worked with & assisted:
- Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF)
- Ethiopian Athletics’Federation (EAF)
- National Ethiopian Cycling Federation (NECF)
- Ethiopian Ju Jitsu Association
- Confederation of Africaine Football (CAF)
- International Amateur Athletics Federations (IAAF) and
- A great number of individuals (Ethiopians & others) and NGOs
EthioSports’ contribution to Ethiopian sports is not limited to just reporting news & information, as it has:
- Provided running shoes to young Ethiopian runners
- Organized & financed a cycling championship (bearing its name) in 1999 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which was attended by 20,000 cycling enthusiasts. The competition was covered by all Ethiopian media -print, radio & TV.
- Assisted a number of individuas & organizations and much more.