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Disgraced athlete Schwazer used Google maps to find EPO

Travelled to Turkey to get banned substance

Disgraced athlete Schwazer used Google maps to find EPO

(ANSA) - Bolzano, August 20 - Disgraced athlete Alex Schwazer says he used Google maps to find pharmacies in Turkey where he would be likely to find the performance-enhancing substance EPO. Schwazer told magistrates in Bolzano on Monday that he travelled to Antalya in Turkey last September for a few days to find the substance. He then returned to Italy. Schwazer was charged with doping ahead of the 50km walk event at the recent London Summer Olympic games. Drug tests a few days before the event showed traces of the blood-boosting hormone EPO in his urine, excluding him from the 50km walk. Schwazer won gold in the event at the 2008 Games in Beijing, something he says he achieved without performance-enhancing drugs. Some have speculated that the anxiety to match that performance drove Schwazer to turn to drugs.

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