23 Jan 2012

Ethiopian athletes suspended

11:25 am on 23 January 2012

Two of Ethiopia's Olympic running champions have been suspended by their governing body.

The 5,000 and 10,000 metre champions Kenenisa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba and 33 other athletes have been banned from competing for not attending a mandatory training camp.

The Ethiopian Athletics Federation said the ban would be lifted as soon as athletes reported for training.

The EAF summoned 200 athletes in November to a training camp in preparation for the World Indoor Championships in March and the London Olympics in July and August.