Spain's Sports Council strips Dominguez of athlete status

MADRID (AP) Spain's Sports Council has stripped runner Marta Dominguez of her status as a Spanish athlete after the Court of Arbitration for Sport banned her for three years for blood doping and removed her 2009 world steeplechase title.

Council president Miguel Cardenal Carro said in a statement published Monday in Spain's Official State Bulletin that the decision ''to exclude'' Dominguez from ''high-level sports and athletics'' was taken because of doping.

The CAS on Nov. 19 upheld appeals by the IAAF and World Anti-Doping Agency that challenged Spain's athletics federation's decision to clear Dominguez of irregularities in her biological passport.

Consequently, the CAS panel annulled all of Dominguez's competitive results from August 2009 to July 2013, including the period when she won the 3,000-meter steeplechase gold at the 2009 Berlin world championships.