Police search Olympian Schwazer's home over doping scandal

Checking if gold medalist acted alone, if Ferrari involved

Police search Olympian Schwazer's home over doping scandal

(ANSA) - London, August 10 - Police on Friday carried out a search warrant in the home of Alex Schwazer, the Italian Olympic walk champion excluded from the London Games for doping and under investigation for sporting fraud. "This is not a dogged persecution of Alex Schwazer, but it is necessary to understand if he truly acted alone, as he maintained at a press conference, or if third parties were involved," said Bolzano Prosecutor Guido Rispoli. The Beijing gold medalist says he acquired EPO in Turkey with no one's help. Investigators, who seized three laptops and several USB keys from his home in the northern town of Calice, said they were looking into confessed links with Michele Ferrari, a doctor who was banned last month from sport for life over numerous anti-doping violations. Schwazer, whose drug-test results revealed traces of the EPO blood booster this week, has admitted to having had contact with Ferrari, but that it ended last year amid accusations of Ferrari administering drugs to cyclists. "I contacted Dr. Ferrari in 2009 for technical advice, nothing more...Since 2011, when the cycling news surfaced, I haven't spoken to him again". Ferrari's most famous client is seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, who was recently placed under investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency.

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