Addis Ababa(Ethiopia), Oct 21 (AP) The Ethiopian marathon runner who made global headlines with an anti-government gesture at the Rio Olympics finish line has returned from exile, after sports officials assured him he will not face prosecution. Also Read - After Suspension, WFI Keeps Comeback Door Open For Narsingh as COVID19 Postpones Olympics

Feyisa Lilesa’s return from the United States comes several months after a reformist prime minister took office and announced sweeping reforms. He received a warm welcome at the airport from the foreign minister and other senior officials. Also Read - Olympic Medallist Cameron van der Burgh Reveals His Struggle With COVID-19

Feyisa says the new government is “a result of the struggle by the people” and he hopes it will address concerns after years of repression. Also Read - Coronavirus Pandemic: 2020 Tokyo Olympics Will be Postponed, Says IOC Member Dick Pound

The silver medalist crossed his wrists at the finish line in 2016 in solidarity with protesters in his home region, Oromia.

He later said he feared he would be imprisoned or killed if he returned home. (AP) SMJ

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