50km walker Schwazer out of Rio after doping appeal fails


RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 11, 2016 (BSS/AFP)- Italian 50km walker Alex Schwazer was ruled out of the Olympics Wednesday after losing an appeal over an eight-year doping ban, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said.

The 2008 gold medallist had a sample, which had returned a negative result in January, re-tested in May which showed traces of anabolic steroids.

He was banned for eight years by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).

The retest came after his 50km race walk victory in the world team championships in May, a victory which qualified him for Rio.

Schwazer had already failed a doping test conducted by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) positive for the blood booster EPO (erythropoietin) while he was training for the London Olympics in 2012.

The Italian anti-doping court banned him for three years and nine months for that offence.

“CAS confirmed the suspension of eight years starting from today (Wednesday),” said CAS.