Friday the 13th seems to come a week late in Ethiopia as the national athletics body (EAF) have reportedly come out to suspend indefinitely no less than 36 internationals from either domestic or international competitions in a season that contains such an ultimate sport showpiece as the Olympics, held in London.

Could Kenenisa Bekele be left ouf of Ethiopia’s Olympic team and barred from defending his Olympic double in London?

The news comes all the more striking since among the names set out are some athletics superstars like Olympic champions Kenenisa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba, as well as top distance character Meselech Melcamu, who might be rendered unable to defend their titles should the sanctions remain in place by July.

The grounds behind that wide clean-up are that the athletes in question failed to report for national team training and participate in required sessions therein since the national governing body has demanded that a certain strength of a 223 Olympic hopefuls should prepare under its overseeing.

Technical director Mr. Dubie Jilo appears rather unmoved at the prospect of Ethiopia lining up without several major medal contenders in London and warned that the athletes concerned either comply with the commands of the national body or a new crop of athletes will be brought on in the Olympics.

The decision, however, hasn’t met with the sentiments of the Ethiopian fans who have already started protesting largely online.