World athletics chief cautions Turkey over doping

Antalya - International Association of Athletics Federations' president, Lamine Diack, has described Turkey's hosting of the SportAccord Convention as a 'great success' but warned that the country still faces problems over doping.

Speaking to The Anadolu Agency in 12th SportAccord Convention on Tuesday in the southern resort city of Antalya, the Senegalese sportsman said, "Athletics in Turkey have some problems, and one of them is doping; the country itself has potential as it is big and developed, but you need to solve your problems first."

He also referred to the problems that the global federation encountered in the past, saying, "Before 2000, when we had problems with the U.S. on doping issues, an independent organization named USADA [U.S. Anti Doping Agency] was established. They have many competent people, if you do the same you won't have any problems." 

In January of 2014, IAAF has unveiled a list composed of athletes who tested positive for doping, performance enhancer or prohibited substances in recent years. 

Thirty-two Turkish athletes were on that list and including one of the leading female athletes in Turkey, Asli Cakir Alptekin, who won a gold medal in London Olympics in 2012. 

Alptekin faces a lifetime ban after the global athletics body, IAAF, declined Turkish Athletics Federation's request for a clean bill of health for the 28-year-old Turkish athlete. 

IAAF took the doping issue to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to make Turkish female athlete receive a penalty. The case is still in process.

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