Some interesting quotes from Hermens who calls Aregawi's husband, 2:04 marathoner Yemane Tsegay, a "f*cking lunatic" and explains why a lot of African don't care if they get banned for 4-years for doping as long as they win a lot of money first.
“You can see why these athletes dope. Not that I am saying that it is okay or anything like that, as I am not, but the very best athletes do not need to dope. It is the male 2:10 marathon runners who want to run 2:05 and the women who run 2:30 who want to run 2:22 and earn $30,000 prize money. That to them is a lot of money and when they win $30,000 in prize money it doesn’t matter so much to them that they are suspended for four years."
Synnerman says the Swedish Athletics Association and Olympic Committee as well as her Swedish club all fought for her citizenship despite warning signs like her "sham" marriage because they wanted medals for Sweden. Now they want to wash their hands of it without taking any blame.
Metin Sazak is a former Turkish distance runner, now coach and allegedly drug dealer.
It sounds like the Ethiopian federation is going the Kenyan route and trying to blame foreigners for any and all drug issues. In related news, Aregawi's boyfriend (world marathon silver medalist Yemane Tsegay) says she is devasted, not eating or sleeping and he hasn't talked to her in days because she turned off her phone.
Her positive test came from January 16th and meldonium (the drug she tested positive for) was only banned on January 1st so they are saying she could have taken it before it was banned. However, one expert says it wouldn't stay in the system that long. Also interesting, she apparently had a 3-day warning that the out-of-competition test was coming.
Her agent says that Aregawi looked him in the eye and said she wasn't doping.
The quoted swedish athetics head didn't seem too concerned about Aregawi saying she never wanted to run for Sweden. We don't know why she doesn't just pay the taxes; she only owes $1,200.
(translated) She's been audited by the Swedish tax agency for not paying taxes, but the bigger news is she is saying that she never lived in Sweden, never wanted to be a Swedish citizen and lied to the migration board when she got her citizenship back in 2012.
Abeba Aregawi is also in the race; the 26-year-old record is 4:17.14 set by Romania’s Doina Melinte. other action includes Ayanleh Souleiman going for the 1000m WR, Mohammed Aman vs Amel Tuka and Adam Kszczot in the 800, and Yenew Alamirew, Yomif Kejelcha, Isiah Koech, Paul Kipsiele Koech in the 3K.