Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018
ROME

Sport: Italian rider Dettori banned for six months

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Rome, December 5 - Italian jockey Frankie Dettori
was given a six-month worldwide ban from horse riding on
Wednesday for failing a drugs test at a meeting at a
French racecourse in September.
The ban handed down by French racing authority France Galop
means the 41-year-old, widely considered the best jockey
currently in action, will not be able to return to competition
until 19 May 2013.
The drug Dettori tested positive for has not been disclosed
but the rider's lawyer has said it was not
performance-enhancing.
According to reports in the British media, cocaine traces
may have caused the positive test.
"I have been stupid and would like to apologise to all
those I have let down including my friends and the many
supporters I have been lucky enough to have in racing both fans
and professionals," said Dettori, who is based in Britain where
he is a popular figure thanks to his outgoing, fun-loving
disposition.
"In particular I have let down my wife and children and it
is for their sake that I am determined to rebuild my career and
my reputation in the coming years".

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