ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Kenenisa Bekele wont compete at next months Olympics, perhaps the distance running greats last chance at the Games, after he was left off Ethiopias final team for failing to meet the countrys qualifying criteria in both the marathon and the 10,000 meters.The world-record holder in the 5,000 and 10,000, Bekele had appealed his exclusion in the marathon, but the Ethiopian Athletics Federation released its final list for the Rio de Janeiro Games over the weekend, confirming Bekeles absence.Bekele was first denied a place in the marathon when the federation said he hadnt run enough big races over the past year to meet the selection criteria, which have been criticized by Bekele.He then made a late attempt to get on the team in the 10,000. Bekele failed to finish the race at a trials event in Hengelo, Netherlands, last month.Almaz Ayana, Ethiopias rising star, was selected to run in the womens 5,000 and 10,000 in Rio. She will come up against compatriot and two-time Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba in the 10,000. Dibaba was named as a reserve for the 5,000, an event in which she is a former Olympic champion, two-time world champion and the world-record holder.Ayana, 24, is the current world champion in the 5,000 and ran the second-fastest time in history over the distance last month in Rome, missing Dibabas record by a little over a second.Ethiopias other strong medal contender is Tiruneshs sister, Genzebe Dibaba, the world champion and world-record holder in the 1,500. Former world champion Mohammed Aman is Ethiopias lone hope in the mens 800.Bekele didnt even make it as a reserve for the marathon or the 10,000, meaning that at the age of 34, the four-time Olympic and five-time world champion could be unlikely to compete at a future Games.He had targeted the marathon as his next challenge, but an injury prevented him competing last year and limited his preparations. 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Louis Cardinals. Victorino is batting sixth and playing right field after missing two games because of back tightness.It was an image that touched the hearts of millions: A 5-year-old Afghan boy wearing an improvised Lionel Messi jersey made from a plastic bag.Now, nearly a year later, Murtaza Ahmadi has finally met his idol.Murtaza made a special trip from Afghanistan to Qatar, where Messi was with his Barcelona teammates to play a friendly match against Al Ahli on Tuesday.In a meeting arranged by the organizing committee of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Messi held hands with Murtaza at the team hotel before picking up the boy and posing for photographs. Murtaza was wearing a Barcelona jersey.Im very happy to have met my hero. It is a dream for me, said Murtaza, in quotes supplied by the World Cup organizing committee.Murtaza, who is now aged 6, will walk out onto the field with the five-time world player of the year before Tuesdays match.The boy became an internet sensation early this year when pictures of him playing near his home in eastern Ghazni province were widely circulated. They showed him wearing a plastic bag -- in blue-and-white stripes, like the Argentina national team jersey -- with Messi and the No. 10 written in black marker.A few weeks later, Messi sent ssigned Barcelona and Argentina jerseys to Murtaza.ddddddddddddMurtazas father, Mohammad Arif Ahmadi, said in May that the family was forced to leave Afghanistan amid constant telephone threats and fears that Murtaza would be kidnapped because of his sudden notoriety.Life became a misery for us, said the father at the time, speaking to The Associated Press over the telephone from the Pakistani city of Quetta, where the family had settled.The meeting between Messi and Murtaza comes at a time when Qatar is introducing long-expected reforms to policies governing its vast foreign-labor force, who labor and human rights activists say are open to abuse by the current system.Qatar says it is abolishing the kafala sponsorship system that binds workers to their employer. Rights groups say the changes fall far short of what is needed to protect the multitudes of mostly Asian low-wage workers transforming the tiny country.---This story has been corrected to show that Murtaza Ahmadi was 5 years old, not 6, when the original photo was taken. ' ' '