Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
LONDON

Olympic champ Alex Schwazer excluded for doping

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(ANSA) - London, August 6 - Italy's 50km-walk defending
Olympic champion Alex Schwazer was excluded on Monday from the
Summer Olympic Games after failing a drug test, his coach
Michele Didoni confirmed.
"Less than an hour ago, Schwazer called me and said he had
some bad news: he was the one pulled out for doping," said
Didoni.
The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) said earlier on Monday
that it had excluded an unnamed athlete from its team for the
London Games because of a suspected doping offence.
The 27-year-old was set to participate in his event on
Saturday.
The 2008 Beijing gold medalist tested positive for the
blood-boosting hormone EPO according to exams taken on July 30
in Oberstdorf, Germany, where he was training, local sources
said.
A police officer and former ice-hockey player from the
northern Italian town of Vitipeno, Schwazer set an Olympic
record in Beijing by covering the longest race in the athletics
program in three hours, 37 minutes and nine seconds.
His girlfriend is Italy's figure-skating world champion
Carolina Kostner.

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