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Friday, May 03, 2013

Derval O'Rourke set for European Indoor bronze...???

Back in March, I had a post up about Turkish athlete Nevin Yanit having been suspected of failing a drugs test. Turkish authorities denied that anything was wrong but today, Yanit was officially charged with doping offences.

The IAAF said in a statement........."The IAAF is now in a position to confirm that both Asli Cakir Alptekin and Nevin Yanit have been charged with anti-doping rule violations by the IAAF. Ms Çakır on the basis of abnormal blood values from her biological passport. Ms Yanit on the basis of multiple positive findings following target tests carried out in-competition and out-of-competition by the IAAF. Both case have been referred to the Turkish Athletic Federation for adjudication as is usual under IAAF Rules and we await a decision from them. Until then, I can confirm that both athletes are now provisionally suspended and cannot compete. Again, as is usual under IAAF rules, we will make no further comment until the cases are concluded."

In the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Gothenburg at the start of March, Nevin Yanit won the Gold in the womens 60m hurdles. Derval O'Rourke finished 4th in that final. If Yanit is found guilty then she could be stripped of her Gold medal which would move Derval up into bronze.

Surely if Yanit is on multiple charges then she must be stripped of her title? Guess we'll have to wait for due process to see.


Anonymous said...

While the Bronze will be great for her, you cant get the moment back, missing out on the medal presentation on the day is very disappointing for Derval.

Anonymous said...

If there was any athlete that looked like they were doping in London, it was Nevin Yanit. Glad she was finally busted!