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Cakir Alptekin cleared of doping by Turkey but IAAF may appeal

Cakir Alptekin cleared of doping by Turkey but IAAF may appeal
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Turkish and Olympic 1,500 metre champion,
Asli Cakir Alptekin, has been cleared of doping violations by her country’s Athletics Federation.

However, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has reportedly not yet received the full judgement on Cakir in English. The body will apparently review the decision to see if it should be appealed in the Court of Arbitration.

“We will review the decision upon receipt and decide whether or not it should be appealed to CAS (the Court of Arbitration
for Sport) as per IAAF rules,” spokesman Chris Turner said in an email to Reuters.

Cakir missed the world championships in Moscow in May after being provisionally banned because abnormalities were detected in her biological passport.

Biological passports work by creating individual blood profiles for each athlete, rather than testing for specific performance-enhancing drugs.

If the results of the blood test deviate significantly from previous measures, an athlete can face a doping charge.

The athlete had already served a two-year suspension at junior level following a
positive dope test in 2004.

A second conviction could, therefore, result in Cakir receiving a lifetime ban from the sport.

Over 30 athletes have been suspended by the Turkish federation for doping in 2013.

Among these is double European 100 metres hurdles champion Nevin Yanit.

The scandal is thought to have affected Istanbul’s chances of hosting the 2020 Olympic Games. Tokyo won the vote in September.

(With Reuters)