Track and Field

Abeba Aregawi, former world indoor 1,500m champion, fails drug test

Former 1,500-metre world champion Abeba Aregawi of Sweden has failed a doping test and has withdrawn from competition pending an investigation.

Swedish athlete withdraws from competition

Former world champion Abeba Aregawi has failed a drug test and has withdrawn from competition pending an investigation. (Matt Dunham/Associated Press)

Former 1,500-metre world champion Abeba Aregawi has failed a doping test and has withdrawn from competition pending an investigation.

The IAAF, track and field's governing body, says a urine test indicated the presence of a banned substance.

The IAAF didn't identify the substance but says it showed up in an out-of-competition test which the governing body conducted on the 2013 world indoor champion.

The IAAF says Abeba, who was born in Ethiopia but now represents Sweden, voluntarily withdrew from competing and has asked for her backup "B" sample to be tested. The 25-year-old Abeba is the current world indoor champion in the 1,500m. She also won the European indoor title in 2013.

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