Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018

Schwazer defends beijing gold, IOC may recheck '08 samples


(ANSA) - London, August 8 - Olympic officials on Wednesday
said 50km-walk champion Alex Schwazer's urine samples from the
Beijing Games may be re-examined after he was excluded from the
London Games this week for doping.
"The samples are conserved and they can be analysed again
for eight years, so athletes guilty of doping should know that
if they get away with it at one Olympics, there's always the
chance they will lose the medal later," the International
Olympics Committee's Communications Director Mark Adams said on
Schwazer, who spoke later at a news conference in the
northern Italian city of Bolzano, said the extra scrutiny would
prove he did not take performance-enhancing drugs prior to last
month. The results from that test were processed this week,
showing traces of the blood-boosting hormone EPO.
"I'm just happy that all of my drug tests in the past few
years, including those of the 2008 Olympics, are being
re-analyzed and made public. All doctors in good faith have to
say that there are no traces of doping," he said. "In Beijing,
my test results were like those of an anemic person, which
proves that I was not doping".
Many have speculated that Schwazer would have needed help
from a medical professional in order to obtain the illegal
substances. He denied that was true Wednesday.
"I went to Turkey to buy EPO," he said. "I did everything
on my own. I left with 1,500 euros and I bought the product in a
EPO is a common blood-boosting hormone.
"It was the first and only time I've ever bought a drug
like this, because I've always been clean".
Schwazer said Tuesday he found the drug online, where he
also learned how to use it.
On Wednesday he admitted to having had contact with Michele
Ferrari, who was banned last month from sport for life over
numerous anti-doping violations.
Schwazer said the contact ended last year amid accusations
of Ferrari administering drugs to cyclists.
"I contacted Dr. Ferrari in 2009 for technical advice,
nothing more...Since 2011, when the cycling news surfaced, I
haven't spoken to him again".
A police officer and former ice-hockey player from the
northern Italian town of Vitipeno, Schwazer set an Olympic
record four years ago in Beijing by covering the longest race in
the athletics program in three hours, 37 minutes and nine
His girlfriend is Italy's figure-skating world champion
Carolina Kostner, who Schwazer said Wednesday knew nothing about
his drug use.
"My girlfriend loves ice-skating, whereas I walk because
I'm good at it, but I don't enjoy it," he said. "That's the
difference between my relationship with sports and Carolina's".

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