(by EthioTime) Ethiopia’s government vowed to Olympian Feyissa Lelisa who earned a silver medal in men's marathon at the Rio Olympics that he will not face any problem while returning back home.
Feyisa won’t face any problem due to his political stance, Getachew Reda, Government Communication Affairs Office Minister told a local radio station on Monday.
Getachew was heard saying that “though it is impossible to express a political stance at Olympic Games, the athlete will be welcomed while returning home along with other members of the Ethiopian Olympic squad”.
Feyissa however has told reporters in Rio that he will possibly be jailed or killed upon his arrival to Ethiopia. "If not kill me, they will put me in prison," he said. "I have not decided yet, but maybe I will move to another country." He also told journalists he would prefer to go to America.
As he took the silver medal, Feyissa Lelisa crossed his arms above - a gesture made by the Oromo and other people who have suffered brutal police crackdowns.
Despite government’s vow to welcome the athlete many people are expressing their doubt about this promise by the government.
In related development more than $20,000 has been raised for Feyessa's political asylum process.
Image: Feyissa in Rio