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Ethiopian runners investigated for doping; Sweden's Abeba Aregawi provisionally suspended

Ethiopia is the latest track and field nation to be investigated for doping with the Ethiopia anti-doping agency general secretary revealing nine of the country’s runners are under investigation.

Abeba Aregawi: World 1500m champion fails drugs test
Abeba Aregawi: World 1500m champion fails drugs test

Solomon Meaza said his agency was investigating five athletes he described as high-profile after they returned suspicious results in doping tests.
He said the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) requested contact details for the other four and the world body is investigating them.
“There is a real concern when the upcoming investigations arrive,” he said.
Solomon declined to name the athletes or give details of the substances they are suspected of using as investigations are ongoing.
The Ethiopian cases will be another blow to the sport following major doping scandals in Russia and Kenya in the build-up to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Aregawi tests positive
Meanwhile Sweden’s Ethiopian-born 1500 metres former world champion Abeba Aregawi has tested positive for doping, according to the Swedish Athletics Association (SFIF).
The test for banned substances was conducted by the IAAF and a full investigation will be conducted.
“It is with dismay and with extreme disappointment that we report this issue,” SFIF general secretary Stefan Olsson said.
“We totally reject all forms of cheating, doping … we have a zero tolerance, and this is totally unacceptable.”
The 25-year-old Aregawi has been provisionally suspended by the SFIF, effective immediately.
Aregawi, who competed for Ethiopia at the London 2012 Olympics, was world champion in 2013 in Moscow, but finished only sixth in a slow tactical race in Beijing last year.
She has also won the European championships and World Indoors gold over her specialist distance.
Aregawi finished fifth at the London Games, again in a slow tactical race, behind Turkey’s Asli Cakir Alptekin, who was later stripped of her Olympic title for a second doping offence.
Aregawi switched allegiances to Sweden soon after the Olympics, gaining citizenship through her marriage to a naturalised Swede of Ethiopian origin.
AP/AFP

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  1. .The atheletes drug and khat use had created a feud among different ethnicities of Ethiopia according to The Previous Minster of Youth and Sports and the Oromo People Democratic organization (OPDO) maker and shaker Aster Mamo’s recent report..Aster Mamo is currently the Minister of public service in charge of human development cluster under Hailemariam Desalegn’s adminstration restructure. Aster Mamo is in charge of human Development cluster (the OPDO maker and shaker Aster Mamo) meaning she is currently in charge of the Oromo Protest resolution committee . This new accusation of dope and atlethes is designed to target the recent youth protestors eventually .Aster Mamo is trying to say the student protestors are crack heads by using this new report from the anti doping agencies findings which were highly manipulated by her . She start with athletes before you know it they are going to accuse all all TPLF oppositions as dope users mentally unstable that need to be put in a psychward.The Ethioppian prisons and psychward detainees tell us that currently If you oppose TPLF you are either a terrorist or a psycho according to T-TPLF. The athletes from Tigray region complained for many years to the anti doping agency about Athletes from other states being able to chew khat while athletes from Tigray cannot use Khat withput no response .The government stood on it’s stand that it is illegal in Tigray to use or possess khat. This double standard by the federal government forced the agency to allow District 2 upto District 14 athletes to legally be able to use khat while athletes from district one(Tigray) are punished by law for chewing khat, forcing them to use other types of foreign made dope to compete with other districts.

  2. .The atheletes drug and khat use had created a feud among different ethnicities of Ethiopia according to The Previous Minster of Youth and Sports and the Oromo People Democratic organization (OPDO) maker and shaker Aster Mamo’s recent report..Aster Mamo is currently the Minister of public service in charge of human development cluster under Hailemariam Desalegn’s adminstration restructure. Aster Mamo is in charge of human Development cluster (the OPDO maker and shaker Aster Mamo) meaning she is currently in charge of the Oromo Protest resolution committee . This new accusation of dope and atlethes is designed to target the recent youth protestors eventually .Aster Mamo is trying to say the student protestors are crack heads by using this new report from the anti doping agencies findings which were highly manipulated by her . She start with athletes before you know it they are going to accuse all all TPLF oppositions as dope users mentally unstable that need to be put in a psychward.The Ethioppian prisons and psychward detainees tell us that currently If you oppose TPLF you are either a terrorist or a psycho according to T-TPLF. The athletes from Tigray region complained for many years to the anti doping agency about Athletes from other states being able to chew khat while athletes from Tigray cannot use Khat withput no response .The government stood on it’s stand that it is illegal in Tigray to use or possess khat. This double standard by the federal government forced the agency to allow District 2 upto District 14 athletes to legally be able to use khat while athletes from district one(Tigray) are punished by law for chewing khat, forcing them to use other types of foreign made dope to compete with other districts.

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