2012 in Review: No end in sight for African drain

Abeba Aregawi representing Ethiopia at the London 2012 Olympics

As the year 2012 draws to a close, more African athletes continued to transfer their allegiances away from the continent.

According to the latest IAAF newsletter, three athletes from Morocco and Kenya will no longer compete for their country of birth as they seek greener pastures with France.

Also highly talented Abeba Aregawi, the Ethiopian 1,500m record-holder (3:56.54 set in Rome May 31, 2012) seizes to represent the African country since last week. The Ethiopian has opted to represent Sweden in international competitions.

Transfer of Allegiance - December 2012

Family Name

First Names

DOB

From

To

Dates

For Performances

Eligibility to Represent in Competitions under Rules 1.1(a), (b), (c), (f) or (g)

Aregawi

Abeba

5 July 1990

ETH

SWE

10 December 2012

10 December 2012

Hmatou Traby

Laila

26 March 1979

MAR

FRA

28 December 2009

27 December 2012

Komu Munytu

Martha

23 March 1983

KEN

FRA

28 June 2011

27 December 2012

Mandour

Yassine

20 February 1985

MAR

FRA

26 May 2008

7 December 2012

See our original article on African drain in 2004. Not much has changed since then.

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