Long distance coach arrested after hotel raid


June 21, 2016


The coach of world 1,500-metre champion Genzebe Dibaba and other long-distance runners was arrested near Barcelona yesterday after Spanish police raided his hotel room and found traces of EPO and other banned substances.

Jama Aden, who is from Somalia, was detained along with another athletics trainer from Morocco as the IAAF tested 28 of the 30 athletes who were also guests at a hotel in Sabadell, about 25 kilometres from Barcelona. Aden has held annual training camps in the area since 2013. Details of the Moroccan trainer were not released.

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Police said Aden and his trainer were arrested on charges of administering and distributing doping substances and endangering public health.

Track and field's world governing body, the IAAF, said the arrest was the result of an investigation it began in 2013.

"The IAAF will use all available resources and powers to protect clean athletes and the integrity of our sport," the IAAF said in a statement. "This includes targeting and investigating individuals and coaches who are intent on exploiting athletes and promoting the use of prohibited substances."

The Spanish anti-doping agency alerted local authorities in 2015 and a thorough investigation followed until the raid yesterday at the Arrahona hotel, close to the training facilities were some athletes were preparing for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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