30 Apr 2009

Italian paper names Olympic drugs cheat

7:25 am on 30 April 2009

An Italian sports daily has identified one of the seven athletes who have returned positive drug test results in the IOC's massive re-testing programme from last year's Beijing Olympics.

The paper has named Davide Rebellin, the silver medalist in the men's road cycling race, as one athlete who returned a positive test to the new generation blood-boosting drug CERA, although the Italian Olympic Committee has confirmed only that one of the athletes is from Italy, and the athlete in question has the right to request confirmation testing of a "B" sample.

The IOC started re-testing 5,000 drug samples in January, focussing on endurance events in cycling, rowing, swimming and athletics.