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Turkish Olympic runner Aras Kaya gets 3-year ban for doping

His suspension commenced Dec. 4.

Turkish Olympic runner Aras Kaya gets 3-year ban for doping
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Aras Kaya (Source: West Observer)

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Updated: 17 Dec 2022 5:13 AM GMT

Turkish Olympic runner Aras Kaya has been banned for three years after testing positive for EPO at a recent 10-kilometer race, the Athletics Integrity Unit said. The 28-year-old Kenya native admitted using recombinant erythropoietin at the race in Romania in September.

Blood doping is prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The violation carries a four-year ban but Kaya received a one-year reduction because he "returned a signed admission" on the day he was notified of the test result, the AIU said. His suspension commenced Dec. 4.

Kaya competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where he was eliminated in the heats.

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