London 2012 Olympic 1500m champion Asli Cakir Alptekin has been stripped of her gold medal for doping. The Turkish athlete has also been banned for eight years, the Court of Arbitration for Sport confirmed. An appeal by world governing body the IAAF was upheld after the 29-year-old was cleared in Turkey. Straight after the race, Britain’s Lisa Dobriskey, who finished ninth, told BBC Radio 5 live: “I don’t believe I’m competing on a level playing field.” Alptekin served a two-year ban after a positive test as a junior in 2004. Her competitive results obtained since July 2010 have been disqualified after abnormal values were found in blood samples. The case comes amid a series of allegations of doping in athletics made by the Sunday Times and a German broadcaster. Last week the IAAF said it was suspending 28 athletes as a result of suspicious findings in doping tests.
The Head Coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, today released a list of eighteen (18) foreign based professional who would join the home based counterparts for the camping ahead of the game against Tanzania. The match is a 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier and will be played in Dar es Salaam. The list has some surprise inclusions with English premier league players like Mikel Obi, Victor Moses, Brown Ideye, Victor Anichebe, Odion Ighalo and Osaze Odewingie all missing.
South African prosecutors have filed an appeal calling for Oscar Pistorius to be convicted of murder for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The Olympic and Paralympic athlete was jailed last year after being convicted on the lesser charge of manslaughter over the 2013 killing, and is due to be released from prison later this week. Pistorius’ defence team has until 17 September to file its response.
South Korea’s Chung Mong-Joon says he will run for FIFA president and has pledged to help the governing body clean itself up if he gets elected. “Today FIFA is undergoing a profound crisis. Under these circumstances, the FIFA president must be a crisis manager and a reformer,” said the 63-year-old, who is a former FIFA vice-president. “The problem at FIFA is that those mired in corruption, the only thing they are interested in is hiding the corruption. The real reason FIFA has become such a corrupt organisation is because the same person has been running it for 40 years. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” The election to succeed Sepp Blatter takes place on 26 February.
Defender Sergio Ramos has agreed to sign a new five-year contract with Real Madrid. The Spain World Cup winner will join club president Florentino Perez in a signing ceremony on Monday. Manchester United had a £28.6m bid for the 29-year-old defender rejected in June as contract talks stalled. United are now unlikely to sign a new defender before the transfer window closes, while goalkeeper David De Gea, a Real target, is expected to stay. The Old Trafford club have insisted they will only sell the 24-year-old Spain international to the La Liga side for a world-record fee for a goalkeeper, or if Ramos is part of a deal. The current transfer window closes on 1 September. Ramos, who scored an injury-time equaliser as Real beat rivals Atletico Madrid in the 2014 Champions League final, will be contracted to stay at Real until 2020. He is the longest-serving player at the Bernabeu and was made captain by new manager Rafael Benitez in July after goalkeeper Iker Casillas left for Porto. Ramos was signed from Sevilla in 2005 and has 128 caps for Spain, winning two European Championships and the 2010 World Cup.
Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign defender Baba Rahman from Bundesliga side FC Augsburg. The Premier League champions confirmed the move for the Ghana international, 21, on their club website with Augsburg saying the fee will remain undisclosed. Chelsea had been linked with the left-back after allowing Brazil international Filipe Luis to re-join Atletico Madrid earlier this summer. He said: “I am very happy to sign for one of the biggest clubs in the world.” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, whose side lost 3-0 at Manchester City on Sunday, said: “It is important because he is a left-back, so he can compete with [Cesar] Azpilicueta. “At the same time, Azpilicueta can compete with [Branislav] Ivanovic for the right-back position, so he replaces Filipe Luis in the balance of the squad.” Rahman spent 12 months with Augsburg after signing from SpVgg Greuther Fürth in August 2014, making 31 appearances for the Bavarian club last season as they qualified for the Europa League. He was also a member of Ghana’s Africa Cup of Nations squad which lost in the final to Ivory Coast in February.