AUI Bans Two Ethiopian Athletes for Violating Anti-Doping Rules

ADDIS ABABA -Two Ethiopian athletes have been hit with lengthy bans from the sport for committing anti-doping violation rules, the World Integrity Unit (AUI) says.

The AIU – an independent body formed by World Athletics to combat doping in the sport – has published a new list of sanctions for doping and non-doping violations today.

Two Ethiopian long-distance runners – Shume Tafa and Mengistu Bekele – are on the list of athletes banned for violating doping rules.

Shuma and Mengistu have been banned for 18 months and 4 years, respectively, according to the AUI.

The 23-year-old Mengistu tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance, named erythropoietin (EPO), in a competition test in Ethiopia on Dec 11, last year.

Shume, meanwhile, was found using a prohibited substance, known as 5-methylhexan-2-amine, on March 26, 2023.

The athlete tested positive for the drug in the competition test at the SCO Kunming International Marathon in China.

The bans in both cases will take retroactive effect from infraction dates and their entire results since have also been disqualified, per AIU.

The AIU was created by the sports governing body World Athletics (WA) as an independent unit to manage all integrity issues for the sport of athletics. 

It has jurisdiction over International-Level Athletes and their Athlete Support Persons, the WA, and member federation officials.