Athletics: Walker Schwazer loses appeal,
banned for eight years
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[August 11, 2016]
Italy's 2008 Olympic 50km race walk champion
Alex Schwazer has lost his appeal against a provisional ban for a doping
violation and was suspended for eight years, the Court of Arbitration
for Sport (CAS) said on Thursday.
Alex Schwazer of Italy walks on his way to win the 50 kilometres race
walk at the World Race Walking Team Championships in Rome, Italy, May 8,
2016. REUTERS/Max Rossi
Schwazer, who returned from a previous doping ban to lead
Italy to the 50km world race walking team title in Rome this
year, tested positive in May for a steroid that he said he had
not knowingly taken.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)
imposed a provisional ban on the 31-year-old but the walker took
his case to CAS with his lawyer claiming the athlete's sample
had been tampered with.
Schwazer previously served a three-and-a-half-year suspension
after admitting to using the blood booster erythropoietin (EPO)
Schwazer asked CAS to treat his appeal as an urgent request
ahead of the Rio Olympics but this was dismissed and sport's
highest court instead initiated an expedited arbitration
procedure to rule on the case.
"All competitive results obtained by Alex Schwazer from and
including 1 January 2016 are disqualified with all resulting
consequences, including forfeiture of medals, points and
prizes," CAS said in a statement.
(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; Editing by John
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