Court upholds Schumacher ban

GENEVA - World sport's top court, CAS, yesterday rejected an appeal by disgraced German cyclist Stefan Schumacher against a two-year ban for doping at the 2008 Olympic Games.

GENEVA - World sport's top court, CAS, yesterday rejected an appeal by disgraced German cyclist Stefan Schumacher against a two-year ban for doping at the 2008 Olympic Games.

"The Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed the appeal filed by German cyclist Stefan Schumacher against the decision of the International Cycling Union to recognise the two-year suspension imposed by the French Anti-Doping Agency and to extend it worldwide," the court said.

Schumacher was one of six athletes who tested positive for banned blood booster erythropoietin (EPO-Cera) in Beijing after samples were retested.

Having already tested positive twice for EPO-Cera at the 2008 Tour de France, where he won two stages, Schumacher was handed a two-year ban by the UCI, the sport's governing body, in February last year.

The German denies ever being doped. - Sapa-AFP

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