Ethiopia Suspends 35 Top Runners

Fed. angry that athletes skipped camp

Kenenisa Bekele

Kenenisa Bekele     Photo: Thomas Faivre-Duboz/Flickr

The Ethiopian Athletics Federation has suspended 35 top runners from competition, including world record holder and defending Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele, for skipping a mandatory training camp. If enforced, the ban could keep nearly all of the country's top runners from competing in August's London Olympic Games. Bekele's agent Jos Hermens said that the ban was a reaction to Ethiopia's poor showing at the 2011 world championships. "Of course, Kenenisa Bekele will be at the Olympics," Hermens said. A spokeswoman for the federation said the ban would be lifted if the athletes reported to a future training camp.

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