Sunday, November 28, 2010

XSCF oo Magacaabay Wakiilka Waqooyiga Ameerika

MUQDISHO: Xiriirka Soomaaliyeed ee Ciyaaraha Fudud ayaa soo saaray Wareegto uu ku magacaabayo Wakiilka Waqooyiga Ameerika, Halyeeyga Ciyaaraha Fudud ahna Guddoomiyaha Ururka Oradyahanada Soomaaliyeed ee ‘SORCO’ Cabdi Warsame Isaaq ayaa waxaa la sheegay inuu noqon doono wakiil buuxa ka shaqeynaya dhinaca horumarinta iyo isku xirka Orodyahanada Ciyaaraha Fudud.
Nuqul ka mid ah wareegtadan magacaabista ah  oo soo gaartay saxaafada ayaa waxaa ku saxiixnaa Kusimaha Guddoomiyaha XSCF  Drs. Khadiija Aadan Daahir.
“Xiriirka Soomaaliyeed ee Ciyaaraha Fudud wuxuu isku raacay in  Halyeey Cabdi Warsame  Isaaq loo magacaabo Wakiilka rasmiga ee Waqooyiga Ameerika, waa Halyeey ka warqaba Ciyaaraha Fudud ee dalkiisa  diyaarna u ah mar walba ka shaqeynta horumarka ciyaaraha fudud ee Soomaaliya.”
“Waxaan codsanaynaa in Halyeeyada kale ee Ciyaaraha Fudud, Ciyaartoyda iyo xubanaha Guddiga SOMALI RUNNERS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION si wadaniyad ku jirto kala shaqeeyaan howlaha loo idmaday.” Drs. Khadiija  Aadan Daahir ayaa qoraalkeeda sidaasi ku xustay.
Ma`aha marka ugu horeysay oo ay XSCF magacaabaan wakiilo iyaga ka tarjumaya, waxaana iminka wakiilo ku leeyahiin dalalka Europe, Asia iyo America.
Xiriirka Ciyaaraha fudud ayaa lagu tilmaamaa xiriirada ugu cad-cad ee sida wanaagsan uga soo dhilaalay wajibaadkiisa xilli dalka uu marayo marxalad adag oo  ay sameyn Isboortigu ku yeesheen dagaalada aan joogsiga lahayn ee ka soconaya Caasimadda Muqdisho.

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East African runners: what makes them so dominant?

By Ben Oakley 
Head of Sport and Fitness, Open University
Put "East African running" into a search engine and you'll get thousands of results exploring the question of what makes these long distance runners so good.
Everyone is searching for the secret explanation so what does the research evidence point to? There is not one simple answer but here are my thoughts.
In athletics terms many people associate East Africa with Kenyan and Ethiopian distance running. Intriguingly, the majority of these runners come from three mountainous districts beside the Rift Valley: Nandi in Kenya, the most successful district, and Arsi and Shewa in Ethiopia.
Some people say that since these runners and their forebears live and train at altitude, they're bound to be good. "Altitude natives", through long-term exposure combined with endurance training, have increased red blood cells which is one neat explanation of their excellence in endurance events.
However, scientists highlight that any advantages of living at over 2000m are also available to those in Mexico, the Andes, and large parts of central Asia.
So why are these clusters of running excellence found in only three districts?
For me, this is where history plays its part. Bale and Sang's prize-winning book on Kenyan running describes the influence of missionaries and the British army in promoting modern athletics.
Once this more formal type of running took root and success started to come, the tradition of distance running in the region became self-perpetuating. That is why, I think, East Africa has a running tradition and say, Mexico does not.
Do biological factors play a part?
Two convenient explanations are diet and/or "special" genes. We need not spend too long thinking about diet. Yes, a reasonably nutritious diet is needed to train hard but that is about all.
Genetics has received considerably more research attention. Some have suggested that East Africans' genes might be predisposed to endurance events but many studies have concluded the same thing – there is, at present, no evidence of this.
My reading suggests the efficiency of an East African runner's light and lean body could be a significant factor.
Some reports explain how good these runners are at dipping down like boxers or Tour de France cyclists to "make the weight" ie. deliberately losing weight before competing.
It also pays to be small and light in high temperatures since a body dissipates heat more easily – note that most Olympic venues are very hot (eg. Beijing, Sydney, Atlanta, Barcelona, Seoul etc.).
The term "running economy" has been used in studying the lower energy use of East African runners compared to Caucasians. The main explanation researchers put forward is that carrying a few less grams on the feet and ankles (a common feature of the East African body shape) means these runners require less energy to maintain a fast pace.
This efficiency argument makes sense, as do reports of the quality, not quantity, of their training. Tough sessions at very high heart rates are reported, which are apparently different to those used in other countries. So these runners tend to work hard and train differently.
In addition, many elite runners (about 50-70%) have run long distances in childhood to get to school: a very sound base for intense training in the future.
Economic reward
It is a clich̩ to talk of athletes finding a way out from poverty but picture this. You are in your mid-teens and are a good runner. In the next village someone has just won $2,500 in a minor half-marathon overseas Рfour times the annual salary of your parents.
You've seen how hard they train to achieve this and a member of your school has also won a senior championship medal to much acclaim; the medallist now supports the whole of their extended family.
You've already got a keen group of people to train with and people keep congratulating you on your progress. Would you give it a go?
In this environment I think talented runners are more likely to take on the commitment, leading to more chances of success, more role models, more talent scouts and increased training expertise.
Meanwhile, consider the psychology of competing against runners from East Africa. You would need to be mentally strong to counter the consistently attributed differences that I have outlined above.
Scientists have suggested that it is difficult to break the ongoing East African running stereotype; some runners of other races believe that they cannot compete with the East Africans whilst those from the region believe that they are better runners.
Of these explanations the influence of biology is hotly debated but overall the work ethic needed to succeed at the top level takes place in a social and economic milieu that, for me, is a major influence.
For a recent review of the topic try East African Running edited by Yannis Pitsiladis et al.
Ben Oakley is Head of Sport and Fitness at the Open University and previously worked as the Olympic windsurfing coach, attending the Games in 1988 and 1992. He has worked in higher education since 1995 and published work on professional practices in coaching and sports policy.
Recently he has lead the development of online teaching materials in sport and been the academic consultant for the BBC Olympic Dreams series.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Our Mission

The Somali runners Community Organization recognizes its mission to serve young Somali athletes in North America, the broader community in all states and beyond.  Our main mission is to  introduce the Run Training Programs to youth in the inner-city, underprivileged communities in order to invest in the athletic, emotional and social welfare , and most importantly to prevent crime through the sport context.

Our major effort is to provide an opportunity for young athletes to achieve their maximum potential both athletically and educationally. It is the Organization's belief that many of the most important athletics learning experiences take place outside the traditional classroom. Interstates Somali athletic competition provides Young fellows with the opportunity to test themselves against the best in their sport especially in short, medium and long distance Running skills. Through participation in training and competitive activities, the Organization hopes to teach several values: an appreciation for the benefits of hard work, motivation, and perseverance in both winning and losing situations; a sense of group loyalty and the ability to work as a team; a feeling of pride in accomplishment through fair and honest means; an appreciation for cultural diversity, human development and continuous learning; and a sense of good sportsmanship and a high level of personal integrity and ethical conduct.