A Turkish arbitration board decided on Friday that the life-time ban of a renowned Turkish athlete shall be reduced to 4 years.
The Arbitration Board of General Directorate of Youth & Sports of Turkey (GSGM) decided to reduce Turkish athlete Sureyya Ayhan Kop's life-time ban which was previously given by Turkey's Athletics Federation (TAF) due to Kop's testing positive for illegal doping during a training abroad last September.
TAF's Penalty Board banned Kop from fields for life-time in January 2008 as she violated doping rules for two times.
In 2004, Kop broke doping testing rules, and was banned from fields for two years. In November 2007, she failed out of competition tests while she was training in USA and banned from professional sports for lifetime.
Kop appealed to GSGM's Arbitration Board in February and the board sent back the decision banning her from fields to the Athletics Federation of Turkey.
Upon the federation's reaffirming the decision in April, the Turkish athlete decided to appeal a second time. After the second appeal, GSGM decided to reduce Kop's life-time ban to 4 years.
The Turkish middle-distance runner claimed the 1500-meter European title in Munich in 2002. She won the silver medal in the World Championships in 2003.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Mayıs 2008, 17:44