Coach of 1,500m world record holder reportedly arrested for PED possession

Jama Aden, the coach of Genzebe Dibaba, the 1,500m world record holder, was arrested in Spain on Monday in a doping raid.

Genzebe Dibaba

Jama Aden, the coach of women’s 1,500m world record holder Genzebe Dibaba, was arrested in Spain on Monday for possession of erythropoietin (EPO), according to El Pais. The 53-year-old also coaches world indoor champion Ayanleh Souleiman and formerly coached 1,500m Olympic champion Taoufik Makhloufi.

The arrest took place in Catalonia where Aden is based. The arrest comes as part of a doping raid and a Moroccan physiotherapist was also taken away along with the Somali coach. EPO is a performance-enhancing drug that is prohibited in athletics.

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Olympic silver medallist and New Zealand’s Nick Willis was quick to chime in on social media posting the following two tweets in light of today’s arrests. The operation was performed by Mossos d’Esquadra, the Catalan police force.

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The arrest comes just days after the world governing body for athletics upheld Russia’s suspension from international competition for its part in state-sponsored doping. Canadians were quick to react to the news that the nation’s track and field team is expected to miss the Olympics.

It’s reported that there were other performance-enhancing drugs besides EPO found in the hotel room.