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CAS to take up Di Luca’s appeal

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) confirmed Tuesday that it will examine Giro d’Italia champion Danilo Di Luca's appeal against a three-month ban for his connection with a doping scandal on March 20. The rider was suspended in October 2007 for his association with Italian doctor Carlo Santuccione, the key figure in the so-called “oil for drugs” scandal, dating back to 2004. Santuccione was investigated for allegedly supplying banned substances to Italian sportsmen.

By Agence France Presse

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) confirmed Tuesday that it will examine Giro d’Italia champion Danilo Di Luca’s appeal against a three-month ban for his connection with a doping scandal on March 20.

The rider was suspended in October 2007 for his association with Italian doctor Carlo Santuccione, the key figure in the so-called “oil for drugs” scandal, dating back to 2004.

Santuccione was investigated for allegedly supplying banned substances to Italian sportsmen.

In a separate case, the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) is also requesting a two-year ban against Di Luca for providing an abnormal doping test during last year’s Giro.

CAS also confirmed that CONI’s appeal against the decision of the Italian cycling federation (FIC) to clear cyclist Alessandro Petacchi of doping would be heard on April 2, not March 12 as planned.

Petacchi, one of the world’s top sprinters who has won stages in all three major tours, tested positive for elevated levels of the asthma drug salbutamol during last year’s Giro.