Azerbaijan hit by Chaltu Beji doping ban

Azerbaijan’s Chaltu Beji has been disqualified from the European Games after violating anti-doping regulations.

The Ethiopia-born runner won the 3,000 metre steeplechase on Sunday, finishing ahead of Moldova’s Olesea Smovjenco and Rahima Zukic of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The 18-year-old also contested the 1500m but her urine sample was found to contain osterine – a bannced substance.

A B-sample – tested at Beji’s request – returned the same result.

“Ms Beji was therefore charged with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation,” read a statement from The European Olympic Committees (EOC). “it was determined by the EOC Executive Committee on the recommendation of the EOC’s Committee for Legal, Eligibility, Disciplinary and Doping Matters that she is suspended from participation in the European Games and that she is disqualified from the 3,000m steeplechase which took place on 21 June.

“This disqualification will not affect the result of the Team Athletics event. Further anti-doping procedures will be conducted by the competent international organisations.”

Azerbaijan finished fifth in the athletics team event.