Gishen Pharmacy shut down for three months pending a full probe, the country’s anti-doping office said, and the head of the Pharmacy had his pharmaceutical license revoked for six months.

By Elias Meseret (AP) |

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia―A drugstore in Ethiopia that was selling banned substances to athletes across the road from the country’s main track stadium has been shut down pending an investigation, anti-doping authorities said Tuesday.

Ethiopia’s Anti-Doping Office confirmed that Gishen Pharmacy was offering the blood-boosting substance EPO after a preliminary investigation.

The store was shut down for three months pending a full probe, the office said, and the head of the pharmacy had his pharmaceutical license revoked for six months.

The preliminary investigation, carried out by Ethiopia’s Ministry of Sport, came in response to an undercover report by British newspaper The Guardian and German broadcaster ARD. They said their journalists found EPO was easily available at the pharmacy, which was offering the substance while the national athletics championships took place across the road at the Ethiopian National Stadium in May.

“Based on the media report, the Ministry conducted an investigation and has found out that the banned substance was found inside the pharmacy,” the anti-doping office said.

Although authorities said they discovered athletes had acquired EPO from the pharmacy, they didn’t name any of them. There were no positive doping tests reported from the national championships.

The news puts Ethiopia in the anti-doping spotlight once again after it was ordered by the IAAF and World Anti-Doping Agency to carry out more doping tests on its top athletes last year.

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