- Authorities are set to announce positive drugs tests of Ethiopian athletes
- Attention centred on Russia and Kenya but is now set to move to Ethiopia
- The news could cause British athletes to rethink their training plans in future
- Ethiopia regularly dominates distance running at major championships
The glare of the doping police has switched to Ethiopia and the authorities are set to announce a number of positive drugs tests among the country's top athletes in the coming weeks.
Ethiopia has so far escaped widespread doping scandals as attention has instead centred on Russia and, more recently, Kenya.
But Sportsmail can reveal that intelligence has led drug testers to focus their attention on numerous athletes from Ethiopia, the east African country which regularly dominates the distance running events at major championships.
Any evidence of widespread doping there could cause British athletes to rethink their training plans in future so they are as distanced as possible from any damaging scandal.
Mo Farah was training at a high-altitude camp in the country until earlier this month alongside the newly crowned British 1500m indoor champion Charlie Grice.
At the World Championships in Beijing last year, Ethiopia won eight medals in distance-running disciplines, although it is not known if any of the winners are implicated here.