AFTER YEARS OF living in constant fear, Somali Athlete Abdishakur Nageye Abdulle, AKA Cir-Daye, has now resumed his training sessions in London, where he performs his trainings in a peaceful atmosphere and without any death threats.
The 5000 meters runner, who survived several assassination attempts from militant group Al Shabab, has now made his way to the United Kingdom and has been engaged in his normal training sessions at the Hillingdon athletic club training base in London.
Abdulle is one of several Somali athletes who are given up formal training sessions, by Ibrahim Hamud, one of most experienced Somali athletic coaches in the United Kingdom.
Somali National Olympic Committee Secretary General, Duran Ahmed Farah, who is leading a three-member delegation, has visited the athletes during a training session at Hillingdon athletic club on Tuesday to encourage the players continue their profession.
“I am happy that you haven’t given hopes and still continue your training sessions. Today I came here to let you know that always Somali NOC and the athletics federation of Somalia will closely be aware of you” the Somali NOC Secretary General Duran Ahmed Farah told Abdulle and his teammate Mohamed Hassan.
Somali NOC Secretary General, Mr. Duran Farah, listened to a report by coach, Ibrahim Hamud, who gave the delegation a full report about the athletes and his hopes that they will be able to perform internationally in the near future.
The 5000 meters runner, Abdishakur Nageye Abdulle, has been receiving death threats from the Al-Qaeda-linked Al Shabab militants in Somalia since after he appeared in the 2011 IAAF world Championship in South Korea.
His younger brother, Bashir Nageye Abdulle, was shot dead by militants in 2012 when they mistook for him. “The militants have been hunting me since I appeared on the international TV screens running in South Korea during the World Championship. They simply targeted me for my profession and when they called me I told them that I wasn’t going to stop my favorite sport” Abdulle said via phone from London.
“Abdishakur is a talented boy, but seems to be very tired after his long journey to the UK. He has just recovered and he is doing well” Coach Ibrahim Hamud explained during a telephone conversation from his training base.
“I have high hopes that Abdishakur will be able to take part in international competitions a year from now” said the coach who added that Mohamed Hassan, 1500 meters runner will also be able to compete internationally.
The coach thanked Hillingdon athletic club, for providing them with a facility to train.
By Shafi’i Mohyaddin Abokar