Italian cyclist Davide Rebellin lost an appeal Friday of adecision stripping him of his 2008 Olympic silver medal for doping.He could now be suspended by cycling’s governing body and strippedof other race results.The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that the InternationalOlympic Committee was right to disqualify Rebellin after he testedpositive for the banned blood-boosting drug CERA.The IOC said in a statement it was pleased with the decision andcan now award the silver medal to Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara,who finished third in Beijing. Fourth-place finisher AlexanderKolobnev of Russia will get the bronze. Samuel Sanchez of Spain wonthe gold medal.The CAS panel of three lawyers rejected Rebellin’s argumentsthat mistakes were made in testing his blood sample and the testitself was not valid.”The procedures of the chain of custody have been complied withand … there was no departure from the international standards forlaboratories which could have reasonably caused an abnormalanalysis result,” CAS said in a statement. ”The presence of CERAhas been validly detected in the blood samples of theathlete.”Rebellin was caught in April 2009, eight months after theBeijing Games road race, when the IOC retested the Olympic samplesfor traces of CERA.The 39-year-old Italian denied doping, but was immediatelysuspended by Italy’s Olympic committee and… Read full this story
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