NARDOS SISAY, A pioneer to Academy’s Addis Ababa Campus & to Ethiopia
NARDOS SISAY is from Nazret City, Oromya State. She is nineteen. She was recruited at the 1st National Youth Project Championship staged in Shashemene city representing Oromia State in World Taekwondo.
She belongs to the first batch of 2013/2014 Academic Year. She is in her final year with the Academy. Although World Taekwondo is relatively new to Ethiopia, it is one of the sport events which has attracted youngsters in large & small towns throughout the country.
NARDOS is one of the Academy’s trainees who proved to the world that Ethiopia could excel in sports events other than athletics. She was only first year trainee at the Academy to represent Ethiopia at the African Olympics held in Gaborone, Botswana in 2014. She finished the event with a gold medal, first ever to Ethiopian in the event in both sexes.
However, Gaborone was only the beginning – she came home back with a gold medal she won at the 11th All African Games staged in Congo Brazzaville in 2015. The same year she finished second at the International Open Tournament, in Morocco. She still kept her success for three consecutive year when she won Bronze in 2016 at the Qualifier’s Tournament for the Rio Olympics hosted by Morocco in Igadir. She almost made it to the Rio Olympics only at the age of 18. All four medals were won in her first & second years at the Academy.
NARDOS SISAY has become a pioneer for the Academy’s Addis Ababa Campus to win a medal at continental tournament. But above all, she has become Ethiopia’s pioneer to bring home a medal by winning an African championship in World Taekwondo. And yet, the four medals Ethiopia has secured in the event at four continental tournaments are credited to NARDOS.