The contribution of the late Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in creating green environment in Africa and preventing climate change was immense. The success of the Prime Minister Meles in devising a policy and strategy that helps in conserving the environment and ensuring the existence of sustainable environmental conservation was in the mind print of all Africans.

Different institutions like the Yara Prize 2005 and many more have awarded Meles Zenawi, for his dedication and inspirational leadership in all aspects including sport. The premier was one of the few historical leaders in Africa who have shown the right policy direction to Ethiopia in all development spectrums such as sport. Sport is one of the development aspects that he reassured that the government has given a due focus to produce productive citizens and competent athletes.