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Schumacher drops Beijing appeal

Stefan Schumacher has withdrawn his appeal against an International Olympic Committee ruling that he committed an anti-doping rule violation during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

In samples tested several months after the Games, Schumacher tested positive for the blood-booster CERA. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Tuesday that Schumacher withdrew his appeal against the IOC ruling.

CAS had already rendered a ruling in another case relating to Schumacher in January, in which the court rejected his appeal of a UCI decision to recognize a two-year suspension imposed by the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) and to extend that suspension globally. Schumacher had already competed in the Olympics when French drug testers found evidence of CERA use in a sample taken during that year’s Tour de France.

Another test from Beijing then showed that Schumacher had traces of the banned drug in a sample analyzed months after the Games using the new test. Schumacher’s Beijing results will be permanently eliminated from the record books. He was 13th in the time trial and did not finish the road race. He will also be banned from further Olympic competition.

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