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'Schwazer should become anti-doping advocate' says Petrucci

Disgraced Olympic champ could be a 'leader in the fight'

'Schwazer should become anti-doping advocate' says Petrucci

(ANSA) - Rome, August 9 - Italy's disgraced Olympic walk champion Alex Schwazer should become an anti-doping advocate after being excluded from the London Games this week for failing a drug test, Italy's Olympic committee chief said Thursday. "I hope so. He should become the leader in the fight against doping. That's what you need to do when you've fallen so low," Gianni Petrucci told Radio Anch'io. "But the human aspect needs to be looked after," he added, in a reference to Schwazer's emotional state following a tearful public confession Wednesday. Test results this week found traces of the EPO blood-boosting hormone in his urine samples, days before he was set to race in London. The fall from grace has brought back memories in Italy of cyclist Macro Pantani, the former Tour de France and Giro d'Italia champion who killed himself in 2004 after doping scandals.

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