Ethiopia fires anti-doping committee, to appoint new panel

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) Ethiopia has dissolved a committee that was responsible for overseeing the country's anti-doping program.

Sports Minister Anbesse Eniyew says a new committee will be appointed Wednesday, amid scrutiny for the East African country following the announcement that at least nine of its athletes are being investigated for doping.

Ethiopia's track and field team doctor Ayalew Tilahun, who has warned of the doping problem, says the committee ''didn't perform well.''

Like neighbor and fellow distance running power Kenya, concerns have been raised over the strength of Ethiopia's anti-doping program.

Last week, Ethiopian track officials said the country must carry out doping tests on up to 200 athletes by November on the instructions of the World Anti-Doping Agency and world track body the IAAF or face sanctions.

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