London 2012 1500m champ Cakir Alptekin cleared of doping charges

Turkish Athletics Federation rule that the Olympic gold medallist did not violate doping rules

Posted on December 19, 2013 by
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Asli Cakir (Mark Shearman)

Olympic champion Asli Cakir Alptekin has been cleared of doping violations by the Turkish Athletics Federation, the governing body announced on Thursday.

Further reports also confirmed how the Turkish middle-distance runner, who won gold in the 1500m at the London 2012 Olympic Games, was deemed not to have violated doping rules.

The 28-year-old, who has already served a two-year doping ban after testing positive at the IAAF World Junior Championships in 2004 as a teenage steeplechaser, could still lose her Olympic gold medal as well as face a lifetime ban, however, as the  IAAF may wish to make an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over the ruling.

Earlier this year, an IAAF spokesman confirmed the biological passport case, saying: “Immediately after the London Olympic Games we discovered abnormalities.”

The international governing body later charged Cakir Alptekin with anti-doping rule violations.

At that time the IAAF also confirmed that Turkey’s double European 100m hurdles champion Nevin Yanit had been charged with a doping offence. In August it was confirmed that she would receive a two-year ban.

In March, when reporting that Cakir Alptekin had tested positive for banned substances, AW detailed how a blog post from the editor of Athletics Weekly had caused uproar in 2012. In it he debated whether the Turkish dominance of the women’s 1500m at the London Olympics was “delight or doubt” after the Turkish one-two was met with cynical indifference.

British athletes Lisa Dobriskey and Laura Weightman brought up the back of the field in the final of the 1500m at those Games and at the time Dobriskey told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I’ll probably get into trouble for saying this but I don’t believe I’m competing on a level playing field.”

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