Turkish middle-distance runner Asli Cakir Alptekin has been stripped of her gold medal for doping, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has announced. She has also been banned for eight years, making her ineligible to compete until 2021.
The 29-year-old won Olympic gold in the 1500m in London 2012, and also took the title at the European Championships in Helsinki later that year.
In January 2013, the IAAF charged Alptekin with an anti-doping violation after investigating abnormal blood values in her biological passport. She was cleared by the TAF’s disciplinary board, but that decision was challenged by the IAAF, who took the case to CAS. Alptekin already served a two-year ban in 2004 after testing positive at the junior world championships.
‘Ms Cakir-Alptekin is found to have committed a second anti-doping violation, after a first one committed in 2004, and shall serve a period of ineligibility of eight years, to expire at midnight on 9 January 2021,’ CAS said in a statement.
‘Furthermore, all competitive results obtained by the athlete from 29 July 2010 onwards are disqualified, and all related titles, awards, medals, points and appearance money are forfeited.’
Last week, the IAAF announced it was suspending 28 athletes as a result of suspicious blood results, amid a series of allegations of doping in athletics as part of an investigation by The Sunday Times and German broadcaster ARD.