Asli Çakır Alptekin’s drug ban reinstated

According to a report by Inside the Games, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has appealed the decision made by the Turkish Athletics Federation (TAF) last December to clear runner Asli Çakır Alptekin of charges related to performance-enhancing drug use.

A spokesperson for the IAAF said Alpetkin won’t be allowed to compete in any races until the appeals process has run its course:

Please note that TAF has been informed of this decision and that both TAF and the athlete have been cited as defendants for this CAS case. As a consequence of this appeal, the IAAF Doping Review Board has decided to re-impose a provisional suspension on Ms Alptekin in accordance with IAAF Rule 42.15.  This provisional suspension takes effect immediately. Cakir Alptekin is ineligible to participate in any athletics competition in Turkey or abroad pending final resolution of her case by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Alpetkin won the a gold medal in the 1,500 meters at the 2012 London Olympics. She also won a bronze at the distance in the world indoor championship that same year.

Having already served a two-year suspension for doping earlier in her career, Alpetkin could be banned from the sport for life if she’s found guilty of a second drug offense.

[Source: Inside the Games]

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