Turk­ish weightlifter loses dop­ing ap­peal

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -


Turk­ish weightlifter Si­bel Ozkan has lost an ap­peal against a dop­ing sanc­tion which cost her a sil­ver medal from the 2008 Bei­jing Olympics. Ozkan, who fin­ished sec­ond in the women’s 48-kilo­gram class in Bei­jing, tested pos­i­tive for the steroid stanozolol in a re­anal­y­sis of her urine sam­ple this year and was retroac­tively dis­qual­i­fied by the IOC. Ozkan con­tended in her ap­peal to the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport that her pos­i­tive test re­sulted from a con­tam­i­nated pro­tein sup­ple­ment. CAS ar­bi­tra­tor Michael Beloff ruled there was “no ev­i­dence of the con­tam­i­na­tion” and that even if her claim were true, Ozkan had shown “no due dili­gence” in deal­ing with a sup­pos­edly con­tam­i­nated sup­ple­ment. CAS says Ozkan also of­fered “sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion about the Turk­ish Weightlift­ing Fed­er­a­tion in ex­change for a pos­si­ble agree­ment with the re­spon­dent to dis­pose of this case.” If the IOC de­cides to re­al­lo­cate the medals, Tai­wan’s Chen Wei-Ling would re­ceive sil­ver, with bronze go­ing to Im Jy­oung-Hwa of South

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