Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018

Police search Olympian Schwazer's home over doping scandal


(ANSA) - London, August 10 - Police on Friday carried out a
search warrant in the home of Alex Schwazer, the Italian Olympic
walk champion excluded from the London Games for doping and
under investigation for sporting fraud.
"This is not a dogged persecution of Alex Schwazer, but it
is necessary to understand if he truly acted alone, as he
maintained at a press conference, or if third parties were
involved," said Bolzano Prosecutor Guido Rispoli.
The Beijing gold medalist says he acquired EPO in Turkey
with no one's help.
Investigators, who seized three laptops and several USB
keys from his home in the northern town of Calice, said they
were looking into confessed links with Michele Ferrari, a doctor
who was banned last month from sport for life over numerous
anti-doping violations.
Schwazer, whose drug-test results revealed traces of the
EPO blood booster this week, has admitted to having had
contact with Ferrari, but that it 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".
Ferrari's most famous client is seven-time Tour de France
winner Lance Armstrong, who was recently placed under
investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency.

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