Alptekin Fights Doping Ban

Asli Cakir Alptekin from Turkey crossed the line first in the 1500 metres at the London Olympic Games, however she was banned in August for blood doping and lost her Gold Medal.

Alptekin is now appealing her eight year ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and as a result, her ban has been provisionally lifted.

The IAAF, track’s world governing body, tells The Associated Press on Sunday in an e-mailed statement that “it was CAS who have provisionally lifted the suspension and allowed her to compete.”

She is attempting to get the suspension reduced, saying she assisted in a corruption inquiry. The CAS hearing is on tomorrow, however the verdict won’t necessarily come straight away. As a result, Alptekin could potentially qualify for the Olympics and compete at them next month.

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Lachlan is the Founder of Athletics Exclusive. His athletic background is basically made up of distance running, who competes in a range of events, varying from the 400m up to 3000m.

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