Athlete Taye Girma Given 64-month Doping Ban

ADDIS ABABA – Athlete Taye Girma Arit has been banned for 64-months for using a prohibited performance‐enhancing drug.

The Ethiopian Anti-doping Authority announced the ban on the athlete from partaking in any sport on Monday.

The 26-year- old road runner tested positive for recombinant erythropoietin or EPO twice.

On 6 April 2021, the Athlete provided a urine sample in-Competition at the 50th Ethiopian athletics Championships’ held in Addis Ababa,

Three months later on 20 June, he again provided a urine Sample, In-Competition during the ‘Telesia International Trophy 10k’ road race in Italy.

The results of both tests revealed the presence of prohibited performance‐enhancing drug EPO, the national Anti-doping Authority said.

The athlete has since been on temporary suspension for further investigations and legal proceedings.

On Monday, the Anti-doping Authority said the athlete was found guilty of violating world athletics anti-doping rules.

The authority said he was hit with a five year and four month ban from any sport.

The ruling has also disqualified Taye’s competition results obtained at the 2021 Ethiopian Athletics Championships.

All athlete’s results obtained since 6 April 2021 also disqualified, resulting consequences include the forfeiture of any titles, medals and awards.

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