Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018

Sport: Conconi probed in Schwazer case


Bolzano, July 8 - Controversial sports doctor
Francesco Conconi, mentor of US cycling's fallen idol Lance
Armstrong's doping expert Michele Ferrari, has been placed under
investigation for alleged links to disgraced Italian race walker
Alex Schwazer.
Italian police have seized computer data and paper documents
showing "contacts" between Schwazer and Conconi, who has for 30
years been suspected of doping cyclists, skiers and other
endurance athletes but never convicted.
Police said Monday the evidence showed Schwazer had asked
Conconi for "advice".
Ferrari, Conconi's best-known disciple, received a life ban
from US cycling authorities when they banned seven-time Tour de
France champion Armstrong for life last year.
Former Olympic walk champion Schwazer, 28, got a
three-and-half-year sporting ban in April for testing
positive for blood-booster EPO ahead of the 2013 London
Conconi, who was found "morally guilty" of doping in 2004
but not convicted because the offences took place too long ago,
has been rumoured to have introduced EPO into sport, but nothing
has ever been proven and he has kept a prestigious position at a
well-known centre for biomedical research applied to sport in
the northern Italian city of Ferrara.
In September Schwazer was placed under a criminal
investigation for the positive drugs test that led to him
missing last year's Games.
Test results released days before he was due to defend the
50km walk title he won in Beijing in 2008 showed traces of EPO
in his urine.
Doping is a criminal offence in Italy.
So although the sports ban means he could theoretically
return to competition on January 30, 2016, he might receive a
judicial sentence ruling him out for good.

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