Nine Ethiopian runners, five of them “top athletes,” are under investigation for doping, the general secretary of the country’s anti-doping agency said Monday, raising fears of another damaging scandal for track and field in the run-up to the Rio Olympics.
Kenya, facing scrutiny from world anti-doping officials and criticism that it is not doing enough to tackle the problem, has banned seven more athletes for doping offences, raising the total number of Kenyan drug cases in the last three years to 40.
Eritrean Natnael Berhane (Europcar) finally inherited the historic Presidential Tour of Turkey title after Turkish Cycling Federation confirms the doping offence and formally stripped off the victory title from the controversial winner Mustafa Sayar.
The surprise victory by a relatively unknown Mustafa Sayar and his dramatic performance on stage six with eight seconds clear of against riders and teams with far more experience raised eyebrows and questions.
Born January 5 1991, young Natnael Berhane has become a name to be reckoned with in professional cycling; a sport not very common in our part of the world.
Natnael made history for Eritrea and African cycling sport as the first cyclist from sub-Saharan Africa to win a major Hors over the years; first he was overall best in Tour of Eritrea, second overall in Tour of Rwanda, then in 2011, in the First African Road Race Championship, he was first over all in La Tropical Amissa Bongo and third overall in Tour d’Algerie.