Ethiopia considers life-time bans for doping

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IMG_6557.JPGHaile Gebrselassie, photo by Global Communications

Ethiopia with life-time ban approach
ADDIS ABABA (ETH): Ethiopia will impose lifetime bans athletes with positive doping tests, says Haile Gebrselassie the legendary long distance runner who is the new Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) president. The EAF subsequently announced that it would carry out tests on up to 200 athletes. "Our stand is no excuse towards someone who has cheated. As of today, any athlete who has offended will be hit by a life ban," he said per Reuters. It concerns bans for four or more years.

RunBlogRun opines: Haile Gebrselassie is the new Ethiopian president. Surely he has to show a strong presence and upgrade the testing in Ethiopia. Rumors of little or no testing have to be shown as part of old system as Ethiopia moves into the modern world of out of competition testing.

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