Ethiopia bans 2 marathon runners for steroids

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) The Ethiopian Athletics Federation has banned two marathon runners for four years each after they tested positive for steroids.

The EAF says Taemo Shumye tested positive for nadrosterone last September, and Sentayehu Merga tested positive for 19-norandrostenedione last December. Their bans came into effect on Jan. 25 this year.

Neither of them has won any major titles.

EAF spokesman Sileshi Bisrat says four other athletes remain under investigation by the World Anti-Doping Agency and the IAAF for doping.