ANKARA, Turkey -- Former European 1,500-meter champion
Sureyya Ayhan has tested positive for doping and faces a lifetime
Ayhan tested positive in the United States in September during
training for next year's Beijing Olympics, according to a report
Saturday by Turkey's state-run Anatolia news agency that did not
identify the banned substance.
Ayhan has denied doping, and her husband and coach, Yucel Kop,
questioned the result, but a second test in Canada confirmed the
Ayhan was suspended for two years for breaking drug-testing
rules in 2004 before the Athens Olympics.
"Sureyya Ayhan's failure of the doping test is neither good for
herself nor for Turkey," said State Minister Murat Basesgioglu,
who is in charge of sports.
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