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Turkish runner Ayhan gets lifetime ban for doping

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Former European 1,500-meter champion Sureyya Ayhan has been banned for life after a second doping offense.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected her appeal Wednesday against a four-year ban imposed by Turkish authorities after she tested positive for steroids while training in the United States in 2007.

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The governing body of athletics, the IAAF, also appealed and asked the court to ban the 31-year-old for life.

She previously served a two-year suspension for refusing to take a drug test before the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Ayhan won her European title in 2002 and finished second at the 2003 world championships.

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