Thursday June 30 is Jama Aden sitting at the tribune, right by the pitch, in Barcelona. The man from Somalia, residing in Qatar, breaks nevertheless not the desition the Catalan police and the judge has determined for him.
He was taken by the Catalan police on June 20 on Arranoha hotel in Sabadell, where he has spent every summer since 2013. Aden was jailed for two days, before he was released with a ban on leaving Spain (passport was revoked) while the investigation is ongoing, and an obligation to register every 15 days. Jama Aden is allowed to “develop him self” in Spain, but he can not exercise his trainer/coach task. So his presence at the competition in Barcelona was within the guidelines. Aden, however, can not be present during the Diamond League in Monaco, since this is outside Spain.
Kyle Barber, IAAF’s head of research and who have worked with this issue for 3.5 years, said: “We must wait for the investigation and the judicial processing of this. We at the IAAF will also continue our investigation to obtain information. We are in close contact with the police. That Aden was released is normal, and a phase of the upcoming trial. Aden’s son Said Aden Said (Qatar) and one of Aden’s runners Ayanleh Souleiman (Djibouti) have argued that Aden was innocent. Kyle Barber denies this theory of innocence.
Barber also points out that this way of treating a suspect is quite normal in Spain, whether he is suspect for murder or burglary. The referee’s decision is based on two criteria: 1. Is the person a danger to others ? 2. Can it be a risk that the suspect leaves the Spanish territory? In this case was not point 1 no danger. Regarding point 2 the judge withhold Aden’s passport, and Aden received to do a notification every 15 days. This last, Kyle Barber thinks is a good sign in the direction of a conviction.
All what was seized during the arrest, June 20th, is kept by the police. It will take time before the investigations are completed. If we see Jama Aden in Rio during the Olympics remains to be seen.
THE 30 ATHLETES.
Regarding the 30 athletes, most of them was in Aden’s training group, the situation is still uncertain. Doping samples taken June 20th is still not fully analyzed. “We may well wait a little bit more for these, when we have been waiting for 3.5 years so far on this issue” shall Kyle Barber said. Barber also said that the IAAF has spoken with a number of the athletes last week. IAAF will continue to collect information in this way. Some of them are trying to distance themselves from Jama Aden and his people. They say that they was actually not training with Aden, or that they only trained with them sometimes here and there. Or that only contact sometimes was via post or email. But as Kyle Barber points out, IAAF proved that two days after the athletes claim they were not with Aden and his staff, the athletes posted something else on their Twitter or Instagram accounts. So the official version of athletes does not harmonize with the secret one, possibly out of fear. Especially Ayanleh Souleiman and his unreserved statement of support on his Instagram, to his coach Aden, suggesting this.
Souleiman, as this winter set a world record at 1000m indoors at Stockholm Globen Arena, with time 2:14.20 (time is not yet verified!). During the competition in Barcelona, the International Athletics Meeting which was a part of the Open 96. Catalan Championship, he was no. 4 at the 800m with 1:45.16. Winning time was 1:44.93. A year ago he ran 800m in 1:42.97 under Diamond League in Monaco (3rd place with NR, winning time was 1:42.51 and WL at that point).
Genzebe Dibaba, world record holder at 1500m, 3000m and 2-miles, was also involved in that event in Barcelona. She started at the 5000m, but she went out of the race at 3600m. Just before that she had been passed by her countryman, Letesenbet Gidey, which won the race superbly with 14:45.63. Dibaba left the pitch sitting in a wheelchair. Kyle Barber spoke with an informant from the meeting in Barcelona, and this meant she seemed slow, without acceleration and a bit overweight? It starts to rush for her, to qualify for the Olympics in Rio. We will soon see! We know more in about 10-15 days, says Kyle Barber (IAAF).
WHAT FAMOUS ATHLETES WERE IN SABADELL THE 20.JUNE?
I will break it down into two groups:
- ATHLETES COACHED BY ADEN IN SABADELL, SPAIN:
–Genzebe Dibaba – Ethiopia (1500m world record holder and world champion, indoor WR holder at 1500, mile 3000, 2 mile, 5000).
–Ayanleh Souleiman – Djibouti (2014 world indoor champion at 1500, 2013 bronze medallist outdoors at 800, world indoor 1000m record holder)
–Abubaker Kaki – Sudan (2-time world indoor 800m champion, 1:42.23 800m)
–Abdalelah Haroun – Qatar (world record holder at 500m indoors, silver in 400 at world indoors)
–Musaeb Abdulrahman Balla – Qatar (1:43.82 800m, 6th at Worlds last year)
–Abubaker Abdalla – Qatar (Asian indoor 400m champ, 1:45 800m runner)
–Said Aden Said – Qatar (3:40 1500m runner), and Jama Aden’s son.
–Amine Benferar – Algeria (1:45.63 800m runner)
Source: La Bolsa de Corredor (“Operación Rial contra el dopaje en Sabadell”, 20.06.16) and a YouTube video from Saturday the 18.June, published the 20.June: ” Jama Aden training group in Sabadell 2016″.
- OTHER PROMINENTE ATHLETES IN SABADELL THAT DAY:
-Tirunesh Dibaba (maybe the greatest female distance runner ever with 8 world and Olympic track titles) , but she was beated for the first time in her whole career at 10000m in the Ethiopean Olympic Trail in Hengelo Netherland the 29. June, with 21.53 sec. by Almaz Ayana , and ended at 3rd place. Her other sister was also in Sabadell that day:
-Ejegayehu Dibaba (silver medal 10k 2004 Olympics) were both also at the hotel that was raided. Unlike sister Genzebe, they are not coached by Aden.
–Abdi Bile – The Somalian was the 1987 world champion and is friends with Aden.
What other athletes does Aden coach, who weren’t identified as being in Sabadell the 20. June?
–Ibrahim Jeilan– the former world 10000m champion from Ethiopia is often congratulated by Aden in Facebook posts.
–Mohamed Ismail – 8:23 steepler (3000m SC) for Djibouti.
This is all I know for now, but maybe you know any other in Aden’s group? Contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org