BRUSSELS (AP) — Olympic distance-running great Kenenisa Bekele has been suspended by the Ethiopian federation for not reporting to training camp and in a move that could affect whether he competes at the London Games.
Bekele, winner of the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the Beijing Olympics, was among 35 Ethiopian athletes who were suspended through the London Games.
Federation president Bisrat Gashawten Tirfe told The Associated Press the suspension will be lifted if they report for a future camp.
She says “they have to come to terms accordingly.”
Bekele’s agent, Jos Hermens, claims the federation is grandstanding after a bad showing at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, last August.
Hermens says: “of course, Kenenisa Bekele will be at the Olympics.”