Olympic 1500m champion cleared to race as she appeals doping ban

Asli Cakir Alptekin
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MONACO (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Asli Cakir Alptekin of Turkey has been cleared to race again as she appeals an eight-year doping suspension.

Alptekin was banned in August for eight years for blood doping and gave up her 1,500-meter gold medal from the 2012 Olympics, but is now appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to reduce the ban, saying she assisted a corruption inquiry.

The IAAF, track’s world governing body, tells The Associated Press on Sunday in an e-mailed statement that “it was CAS who have provisionally lifted the suspension and allowed her to compete.”

Alptekin faces a CAS hearing Monday but the verdict may not be given immediately. She could in theory meet Olympic qualifying standards in time for next month’s games if the ban is overturned.

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