Ethiopian Runner Assaults Coach after Missing Worlds Team; Receives Two-year Ban

Ethiopian Runner Assaults Coach after Missing Worlds Team; Receives Two-year Ban

Athlete Chala Beyo, who was a member of Rio 2016 Olympics Ethiopian team, physically assaulted coach Yohannes Mohammed when the IAAF World Championships 2017 Ethiopian team was announced.

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (Associated Press)―An Ethiopian athlete has been banned for two years for attacking his coach after learning he didn’t make the team for next month’s world championships in London.

Ethiopian Athletics Federation spokesman Sileshi Bisrat says 21-year-old steeplechase runner Chala Beyo, who competed at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, punched coach Yohannes Mohammed when the team was announced.

The coach needed medical treatment for an injured left eye, and Sileshi Bisrat says police are searching for the runner.

Sileshi Bisrat says Chala Beyo was carrying a rock when he assaulted his coach, but didn’t use it.

Chala Beyo ran for Ethiopia in the 3,000 meters steeplechase at last year’s Olympics. He didn’t qualify for the final.

The Ethiopian Athletics Federation says it has banned him for two years from all competitions. You can read the letter here (written in Amharic with Reference Number: EFA/2779/09).

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