|History of EAF|
Although the exact roots of Ethiopian Athletics cannot be retraced back accurately, it is widely believed that the sport was widely practiced in schools and military camps before 1897. The sport was limited to these parts of society only because others did not have access to equipments used for competitions or was not organized in a manner that motivated progress.
The Ethiopian Athletics Federation has been established since 1949. Through the past 60 years the federation had many great achievements in the athletics sport fields. So, the federation can be nominated as one of the best performing member countries of the International Association of Athletics Federation /IAAF/.
Globally, the Ethiopian Athletics Federation is one of the leading member federations of IAAF especially in long and middle distances. Continentally, in recent times the Ethiopian athletes are appearing in short distances and field events with medals.
Now a day, the Ethiopian Athletics Federation is giving more and more attention to the short distances and field events of athletics sports, by recruiting and hiring an international coach from US. In doing so the federation started to reap the fruits from short distance and field events continentally. And our vision, as a national federation, is to be active participant and successful competent in the world.
In order to enhance and develop the succeeding athletes of the future, the national federation of athletics of Ethiopia has exceedingly built and plant athletics sport training centers in different regions of the country. This is the greatest achievement in our history of athletics sports ever.
As the whole world knows, Abebe Bikila (Bare foot runner and winner), Mamo Woldie, Miruts Yifter (Gear changer), Haile Gebresilassie, Derartu Tullu, Getie Wami, Kenenisa Bekele, Tirunesh Dibaba, Meseret Defar, and many other internationally known athletes are the fruits of Ethiopia given to the world.
Ethiopia, as it is clearly known by the whole member countries of African athletics sports association, is participating in a very active manner and change oriented mentality in EAAR being as a president for about 3 times, council and technical member to CAA to enhance and contribute its share to the rest of Africa. These showed that Ethiopia is giving her highly great potential, experiences and capabilities to others by participating in all activities of the athletics sports.
The first executive committee was headed by Colonel Getahun Teklemariam, the man official recognized as the first president of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation. This committee started a formalized program where athletes competed domestically and internationally.