Sunday, March 06, 2016

Ethiopia: 3 athletes suspended in doping investigations

(ADDIS ABABA, (Ethiopia (AP))--Three Ethiopian runners have been suspended on suspicion of doping amid a string of positive tests among the country's athletes, track and field officials said on Friday.

Ethiopia's national track team doctor called the East African nation's growing doping scandal "a very terrifying development."

Three athletes were formally suspended and another three are also under investigation, Ethiopia Athletics Federation secretary general Bililign Mekoya said at an anti-doping awareness event in Addis Ababa. Bililign and other officials did not give the names of the athletes, citing ongoing investigations.

Track and field's world governing body, the IAAF, is also investigating a number of Ethiopians for doping. The sport is now facing serious doping problems in Ethiopia following major scandals in Russia and Kenya in the run-up to this year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Read more from Associated Press »


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