Ethiopia Lifts Ban on 35 Athletes, including Kenenisa Bekele

Kenenisa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba were among the athletes suspended from competition in a row over training. (Getty Images)

By Aaron Maasho | Reuters

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia has lifted its suspension of 35 athletes, including double Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele, an athletics official said on Tuesday after imposing a ban last week in a row over a training camp.

The Ethiopian Athletics Federation imposed the measure on Thursday after Bekele, Olympic women’s 5,000 and 10,000 metres gold medallist Tirunesh Dibaba and others failed to turn up for preparations ahead of major championships this year, including the London Olympics.

The body summoned over 200 athletes to a training camp two months ago.

“The Ethiopian Athletics Federation lifted the ban last night after a meeting took place between the body’s officials, athletes, and their representatives,” Federation spokesman Fikru Takele told Reuters.

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Ethiopia suspends Kenenisa Bekele (AP via ESPN)













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