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 decision to ban 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 the 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 he obtained at the 2021 Ethiopian Athletics Championships.

All athlete results obtained since 6 April 2021 are also disqualified, resulting in the forfeiture of any titles, medals, and awards.