Nevin Yanit, Anna Avdeyeva banned

Two star European track and field athletes have been suspended for doping. 

Reigning European 100-meter hurdles champion Nevin Yanit of Turkey and Russian shot putter Anna Avdeyeva have been banned two years, according to their countries' athletic federations.

The Turkish federation says Yanit tested positive for banned substances during a competition in Duesseldorf, Germany, in February.

The Russian Federation said on its website that Avdeyeva, the 2011 European indoor champion, tested positive for the steroid oral turinabol on July 30 while training outside Moscow. Avdeyeva will miss the world indoor championships in Poland next year. Her suspension began Aug. 5 and ends Aug. 4, 2015.

Yanit won the European hurdles title at the 2010 and 2012 competitions.

The case against Olympic 1,500-meter champion Asli Cakir Alptekin -- who has also been accused of doping -- is still being assessed.

Turkey has been hit by a series of doping scandals as Istanbul is bidding to host the 2020 Olympics, competing against Tokyo and Madrid. The International Olympic Committee will select the host city on Sept. 7.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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