09.02.2017 | Ethiopian athletes caught using banned drugs could serve time in prison

One 22-year-old relatively unknown runner, Girmay Birahun is to be the first Ethiopian jailed for using performance-enhancing drugs. The runner was caught using Meldonium.
Athletes who have sentences in store as punishment for being dishonest are looking at serving three to five years as of now.
Distance running icon and head of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation Haile Gebrselassie supports this tough approach to athletes who cheat the system. He says that he’s also in favour of handing life bans to those who don’t play by the rules.
Gebrselassie now sees this as a time to crack down hard. He thinks that Ethiopia’s system has been too slack for too long. He also encourages other nations to follow suit by taking the no-nonsense approach.
“When athletes take drugs they may make money in the short-term, but in the long-term, when they think about what they’ve done, they will regret it. They are directly cheating money out of the pockets of other athletes,” said Gebrselassie in an interview with The Independent. He also thanks the country’s government for providing prison cells for athletes caught using WADA banned substances.
He wants to see Ethiopia come out on top against all nations. According to The Independent report, he emphasized the need to be strict on athletes and hopes the rest of the world will also do better job at cracking down on dopers in the sport.

Source: www.independent.co.uk