World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Athletics Federation's (TAF) Disciplinary Board banned 31 Turkish athletes including olympic medallist Esref Apak in hammer throw from competitons for two years, justifying that they were proved to have doped.
Issuing a statement on its official website, the Turkish Athletics Federation said, "As the results of the samples taken from athletes during and after the competitions indicate, Turkish National Olympics Committee's Counter-Doping Commission ruled to punish the said athletes with a two-year ban from competitions."
Reviewing the cases of Emrah Coban ve Umit Tan, the TAF statement stressed that the files of the olypmic champion Asli Cakir Alptekin, European champion Nevin Yanit and another Turkish athlete Pinar Saka were not considered due to the ongoing investigation process.
As specified in the statement, the names of the athletes banned from competitons for two years are as follows:
Hasan Birinci, Kivilcim Kaya Salman, Semra Turk Akdogan, Busra Bas, Cagdas Arslan, Emel Gungor, Ummuhani Karacadir, Ozge Kurtes, Kaan Sencan, Oguzhan Demir, Batuhan Bugra Eruygun, Isa Can, Emrah Altunkalem, Dilek Esmer, Tugce Sahutoglu, Elif Yildirim, Serdar Tamac, Ebru Yurddas, Cansu Korur, Furkan Sen, Urfan Ozalan, Serhat Soyer, Yeliz Kurt, Simge Olcun, Serkan Lapcin, Berdan Burak Demir, Esref Apak, Umut Aday, Fatih Eryildirim, Esen Kizildag Kale, Narin Saglam.