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Athletics: Schwazer 4-year doping ban asked

CONI prosecutor requests maximum term

Athletics: Schwazer 4-year doping ban asked

Rome, December 20 - An Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) prosecutor on Thursday asked for a four-year ban for former Olympic walk champion Alex Schwazer who tested positive for the illegal blood-booster EPO before the London Olympics. Schwazer is also charged with possession of testosterone and "other violations", the prosecutor said in requesting the maximum ban. In September Schwazer was placed under a criminal investigation for the positive drugs test that led to him missing this year's London 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.

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