Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Kostner says 'never had anything to do' with doping doc

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(ANSA) - Rome, August 22 - Italy's world champion figure
skater Carolina Kostner says she was not involved when her
boyfriend, disgraced Olympian Alex Schwazer, met with a doctor
who has been barred from sport for anti-doping violations.
"I never had anything to do with Dr. Michele Ferrari,"
Kostner said in an interview in advance of the release Friday of
newsmagazine Panorama, which will discuss her presence at a
meeting in 2010 between her boyfriend Alex Schwarzer and the
doctor.
Days before Schwazer was to compete at the Olympics in
London earlier this month, test results showed traces of the
blood-boosting hormone EPO in his urine, excluding him from the
50km walk.
Schwazer had won gold in the event at the 2008 Games in
Beijing, something he says he achieved without
performance-enhancing drugs.
In Wednesday's interview, Kostner confirmed her presence at
what she described as a casual meeting with trainers, but stated
she was there only as Schwazer's girlfriend.
According to Panorama, numerous athletes have been
investigated in connection with Ferrari, an Italian physician
and cycling coach who was banned for life in July 2012 by the
U.S. Anti-Doping Authority.
It accused Ferrari of numerous anti-doping violations
including possession, trafficking, administration and assisting
doping.
Ferrari, who has also been linked to US seven-time-straight
Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, has not formally
contested that indictment.

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