Monday February 29th, 2016

Ethiopia's anti-doping agency is investigating nine runners, five of which are considered “top athletes,” for suspicious results in doping tests, according to the Associated Press.

Solomon Meaza, head of Ethiopia's anti-doping agency, says the International Association of Athletics Federation is looking into four athletes while his agency investigated the top stars.

"There is a real concern when the upcoming investigations arrive," he said.

No names or banned substances were mentioned.

Marathoner Luke Puskedra's daughter diagnosed with Neuroblastoma

Ethiopian men and women held the world-leading marks in five track events last year.

Abeba Aregawi, the 2013 world 1,500 meter champion, was born in Ethiopia and switched allegiances to Sweden in 2012. She tested positive for a banned substance and has been suspended until the results of her B-sample are revealed.

Last year, Russia was banned from international competition by the IAAF after the World Anti-Doping Agency determined evidence of systemic doping and cover-ups have taken place in recent years.

- Christopher Chavez

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.