Owen Gibson of The Guardian has reported that the upcoming report by the World Anti-Doping Agency will mention Olympic gold medalist Asli Cakir Alptekin and Turkey.

In November last year, the World Anti-Doping Agency published the findings of emails, documents, whistleblower and witness statements, laboratory records, videos, photographs, recordings, and other information outlets for determine whether Russia was guilty of running systemic doping in the country. Thereafter, Russia was suspended by the International Association of Athletics Federation until they met WADA guidelines. The second report by WADA’s independent commission is likely to have its focus on cover-up of positive tests by Russians and the levels of bribery and blackmail that took place between officials. Four senior officials were recently suspended by the world governing body of athletics as part of their own internal review.

This week’s 170-page report by the International Association of Athletics Federations referenced a meeting between the WADA chairman, Sir Craig Reedie, and the then deputy Russian sports minister Yuri Nagornykh in September 2014. Nagornykh told that Valentin Balakhnichev, president of the All Russia Athletics Federation and one of four senior officials banned by the IAAF ethics commission, told him that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency had been blackmailed by the IAAF since 2011. Nagornykh also remarked the system was in place not only in Russia but, potentially, in other countries such as Morocco and Turkey.

Balakhnichev, the former ARAF President, denied the account but his denial was rejected by the ethics commission, chaired by Michael Beloff QC, as not credible. The World Anti-Doping has managed to discover that a similar case of attempted extortion in relation to a Turkish athlete was reported in which money was demanded in return for covering up suspicious blood values. A WADA spokesman said we were able to use this information as it relates to the suggestion of a similar system in Turkey and Morocco to discover a case of attempted extortion of a Turkish athlete for money in exchange for covering up a doping rule violation. The spokesman added this information was passed on by WADA to the Independent Commission for its investigation.

The athlete is believed to be Asli Cakir Alptekin, who won gold at London 2012 in the women’s 1500m but should have already been banned according to her blood profile. On 6 July 2012, Alptekin recorded her personal best in 1500m with 3:56.62 at the Diamond League meet in Paris and won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in the 1500 m event but she was soon stripped of her Olympic title as a result of her use of banned substances and methods. The Court of Arbitration for Sport reported on 17 August 2015 that it approved a settlement agreed to by Alptekin and the world governing body of athletics. Alptekin has agreed to give up her 1500 m Olympic title and serve an eight-year ban for blood doping. The athlete has forfeited all her results from 29 July 2010, including the 2012 Olympic gold and her 2012 European Championship title.

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