Olympic champion wants doping ban cut for inquiry evidence
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) A Turkish runner stripped of her Olympic 1,500-meter title for blood doping wants her ban cut for giving evidence about a blackmail attempt to a World Anti-Doping Agency inquiry into corruption in athletics.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Tuesday that it will hear Asli Cakir Alptekin's appeal on July 4.
Alptekin wants her eight-year ban to be stopped because of ''alleged substantial assistance provided to WADA,'' the court said.
The 30-year-old runner has currently served more than three years of a ban which expires in January 2021.
A WADA-appointed inquiry team claimed in January that two sons of former IAAF president Lamine Diack tried to blackmail Alptekin after she won gold at the 2012 London Olympics.
The inquiry report said Papa Diack tried to extort hundreds of thousands of euros (dollars) from Alptekin, who got a 500,000 euro ($545,000) bonus from Turkey's government.
Alptekin won the Olympic title in London after lowering her personal best time by several seconds in the 2012 season. Her suspicious blood readings since 2010 were later notified by the IAAF to the runner and Turkish officials.
Payments were discussed by Diack's sons and Alptekin's entourage at meetings in Monaco, where the IAAF is based, and Istanbul, the WADA investigation alleged.
Alptekin was cleared in 2013 of doping charges by Turkey's athletics federation, and the IAAF considered an appeal to CAS to seek a ban.
Khalil Diack then allegedly told Alptekin he could ensure through his father that the IAAF would not appeal.
The WADA inquiry team last year shared evidence with French prosecutors who have opened proceedings against Lamine Diack and want to question Papa Diack, who is in Senegal and subject to an Interpol notice seeking his arrest.
At a CAS case last year, Alptekin agreed with the IAAF to be banned for eight years - backdated to start in January 2013. She also forfeited her Olympic title and 2012 European Championships gold medal in the 1,500.