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Asli Cakir Alptekin stripped of 2012 Olympic gold

18 Aug 2015, 18:16 IST
Asli Cakir Alptekin, disgraced 1500m London Olympic Champion

Asli Cakir Alptekin, the 1500m champion at the 2012 London Olympics, has been stripped of her gold medal due to doping charges, reports the BBC. The Turkish athlete has also been banned for a period of eight years, the Court of Arbitration for sport reported.

On the whole, the IAAF has suspended 28 athletes who participated in the 2005 and 2007 World Championships. The governing has not named the athletes due to legal reasons. It is also understood that most of them have long retired and only very few are still active.

Alptekin, who has been stripped of her medal, also served a two year ban after testing positive in 2004 as a junior. Britain’s Lisa Dobriskey, who finished ninth during the 2012 Olympics, told BBC 5 after the race "I don't believe I'm competing on a level playing field." Alptekin's results since July 2010 have been canceled after abnormal values were found in blood samples.

Talking to BBC 5 after the punishment was announced, Dobriskey, 31, said "It was unbelievable how good she looked, running the times that she was running and how dominant she was. I just wasn't comfortable racing her.Once an athlete has served a drugs ban and they come back running significantly quicker than they were previously it always arouses suspicion.”

"Like in any profession, you are a master of your trade as an athlete. You know the sport and you know how good you need to be to be successful and how hard it is to get there.”

"When you see something suspicious or out of the ordinary, it is very rare that you can trust it. There was always that element of suspicion and doubt amongst my fellow athletes, competitors and training partners."

Usain Bolt and Mo Farah have been found innocent, as their test results were negative. But investigations are being carried out against Mo Farah’s coach, Alberto Salazar, who is said to be involved in the doping of his other athletes. Justin Gatlin is also one of probable names on the list.      

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