ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Istanbul bid committee for the 2020 Olympics has reiterated Turkey's tough stance against doping on the eve of a four-day visit by the IOC's evaluation commission.
The committee says it's "ready to play its part to stamp it out" and that any athlete who takes drugs will face "the full extent of Turkey's strict anti-doping legislation."
The Radikal newspaper said Saturday that Turkish 1,500-meter Olympic champion Asli Cakir Alptkin is facing a doping ban after irregularities were reportedly detected by a blood-profiling program.
Istanbul is competing against Tokyo and Madrid to host the games. The full International Olympic Committee will select the host city on Sept. 7 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.