The Turkish 1500m runner had her ban temporarily lifted pending the Court of Arbitration for Sport decision
Asli Cakir Alptekin has had an appeal against her doping ban dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
The Turkish 1500m runner, who won 1500m gold at London 2012 before being stripped of the title last year after abnormalities were detected in her biological passport, had been looking to have her suspension further reduced on the basis of providing assistance to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Alptekin had her ban temporarily lifted between June 23 and July 5 following an appeal from the athlete to CAS requesting that her period of ineligibility be suspended pending the resolution of the case.
But CAS has since confirmed that the appeal filed by Alptekin against WADA has been dismissed.
“The final decision is that her appeal is dismissed,” commented a CAS spokesperson on Thursday (July 7). “Therefore, the temporary lifting of the ban is no longer in effect, her period of ineligibility remains in force and there is no change to her status as a suspended athlete.”
Alptekin’s original eight-year period of ineligibility had been backdated to include the provisional suspension that she had served since January 10, 2013, with that ban set to end at midnight on January 9, 2021.
However, on Friday (July 8), WADA confirmed that four years of her eight-year sanction have already been suspended, which means she is currently poised to return to the sport from January next year.
“During the course of the Independent Commission investigation in 2015 into widespread doping in international athletics, Ms. Alptekin provided substantial assistance in connection with an alleged extortion scheme operated by senior persons affiliated to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF); the evidence of which was summarized in the second Independent Commission Report,” read a statement in part.
“In November 2015, in light of the valuable substantial assistance provided by Ms. Alptekin in accordance with the provisions of the revised 2015 World Anti-Doping Code (Code), WADA took the decision to suspend four years of her eight-year sanction. The suspension was subject to a number of subsequent conditions including, in particular, Ms. Alptekin’s continued assistance with any related disciplinary or criminal proceedings, and her full compliance with all substantial assistance obligations. Should all the conditions be met, Ms. Alptekin would be eligible to compete again from 10 January 2017.”
WADA clarified that in late April of this year Alptekin sought a further suspension of her already-reduced period of ineligibility which would have allowed her to return to competition in time for the European Championships in Amsterdam and the Rio Olympic Games. WADA did not agree to that further reduction, and it is that decision which Alptekin appealed to CAS.
Alptekin had already served a two-year doping ban after testing positive at the IAAF World Junior Championships in 2004.
CAS is yet to release its full decision ruling.
» This report was updated on Saturday July 9 following the release of further details from WADA