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WADA appeal in Bruyneel case goes before CAS March 2

Former USPS team director Johan Bruyneel will have his day in court at the beginning of March as WADA seeks to increase his penalty

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will hear an appeal from the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) on March 2 in the case of Johan Bruyneel.

Bruyneel was the director of the U.S. Postal team during Lance Armstrong’s run of Tour de France victories, which were subsequently stripped from the records after a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) investigation found him guilty of systematic doping.

In April, 2014, Bruyneel was issued a 10-year ban from the sport by the American Arbitration Association (AAA). A panel said that, “the evidence establishes conclusively that Mr. Bruyneel was at the apex of a conspiracy to commit widespread doping on the USPS and Discovery Channel teams spanning many years and many riders.”

WADA is appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to have his ban extended.

The organization is also seeking an increase in the eight-year penalties handed down by the AAA to Spaniards Pedro Celaya and Pepe Marti, a trainer and doctor who worked with Bruyneel. Both were also named on the CAS docket for the March 2 hearing.

Bruyneel is also scheduled alongside USADA on that same day, which is likely his appeal to have his 10-year ban reduced.