Two Ethiopian athletes banned over doping
The Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) has announced on Thursday July 14, 2016 that it has banned two Ethiopian athletes for four years from any athletics competition after their test results proved positive for use of Norandrosterone and 19-Noradrostenedione. The EAF said that it has been working in collaboration with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in investigating the case of six Ethiopian athletes who were suspected of doping and in this regard the federation has found that the two athletes have used the banned substances. The two athletes are long distance athletes Sintaheyu Mirga and Teamo Shumaye. Therefore, the banned athletes will not participate in competitions at both international and local levels. The decision is effective as of January 25, 2016. WADA has also instructed officials of the EAF to implement measures to improve the anti-doping program and activities. The Ethiopian athletics governing body has stated that the federation is now testing around 200 athletes who take part in different athletics competitions held locally on different levels. Ethiopia's case is reminiscent of its East African neighbor and fellow distance running powerhouse—Kenya. The East African has recently been making headlines in relation to doping allegations. Kenya is facing a possible suspension from international competition if WADA decides that Kenya is not in line with global anti-doping rules. The IAAF suspended Russia last year after a WADA-commissioned report found evidence of a vast system of doping and cover-ups.