Latest on the Aussie Sterointer!

Latest on the Aussie Sterointer!

Post by Z. Di » Sat, 20 Jul 1996 04:00:00

  Australia dismisses steroid charge against sprinter; Italian to be banned

   ATLANTA - Australian sprinter Dean Capobianco was cleared at least for
   now to compete in the Atlanta Games when Australia's board of
   athletics dismissed an allegation of steroid use.

   Italian high jumper Antonella Bevilacqua is set to be banned from the
   Atlanta Olympics in a doping controversy. Bevilacqua's
   disqualification is expected to be announced Thursday, Italian
   officials said.

   At a hearing Tuesday in Australia, R.J. Ellicott, chairman of
   Athletics Australia's doping tribunal, said he wasn't satisfied beyond
   a reasonable doubt that an offense had been committed.

   Australian track officials said Monday that Capobianco, a 200-meter
   runner, tested positive for the steroid stanozolol at a meet in Europe
   last month. Stanozolol is the same banned drug that led to Canadian
   sprinter Ben Johnson's disqualification at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

   Capobianco denied taking the steroid.

   Ellicott said Capobianco's urine samples could have been tampered with
   as they were transported, according to a news release from Athletics
   Australia.

   The Australian Olympic Committee and International Olympic Committee
   may still contest Ellicott's recommendation.

   Bevilacqua, among the top six jumpers in the world this year, tested  
   positive twice for the banned stimulant ephedrine in May.

   Use of ephedrine normally carries an automatic three-month suspension.
   But the Italian track and field federation cleared the athlete on  
   grounds that she took the drug unwittingly in a Chinese herbal
                                                   ^^^^^^^
   medicine for losing weight.

   Italian federation officials cited a new International Olympic
   Committee rule which they said allowed leniency in the case of
   athletes taking ephedrine by mistake.

   But the sport's world governing body, the International Amateur
   Athletic Federation, insisted the athlete should face the mandatory
   three-month suspension under its rules.

   And IOC medical officials said this week that top level athletes must
   assume responsibility for whatever product is found in their system,
   whether or not they knew it was banned.

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