Addis Ababa (Reuters)―Ethiopia’s governing body for athletics has sought to distance itself from Jama Aden, the coach of Ethiopian 1,500 meters world record holder Genzebe Dibaba, after his arrest in Spain on doping charges.

The Somali trainer was detained by police this week following months of investigations prompted by a tip-off from the Spanish Agency of Health and Sport (AEPSAD).

The 25 year-old Genzebe Dibaba – sister of triple Olympic distance champion Tirunesh Dibaba and Olympic silver medalist Ejegayehu Dibaba – is hot favorite to win the 1,500m at this year’s Rio Olympics.

“While the individual trained an Ethiopian athlete, he neither has the endorsement nor any working arrangement with the

(Ethiopian Athletics) Federation,” the body said in a statement on Friday.

Ethiopia has come under scrutiny after the IAAF said it was one of five countries that were in “critical care” over their drug-testing systems.

The Horn of Africa country, which along with neighbor Kenya has for years dominated distance running on the track and the roads, subsequently announced that it would carry out doping tests on up to 200 athletes.

(Editing by Ed Osmond)


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