Saturday, March 12, 2011

Court of Arbitration for Sport Issues Key Doping Decision

The Court of Arbitration for Sport issued a landmark decision this week that is expected to have far-reaching implications for sports around the world. International sport's highest court ruled that an athlete may be suspended for illegal doping, even if he does not fail a drug test. The decision was based on collecting biological evidence of performance-enhancing drugs over a long period of time.

The case began when Italian cyclist Franco Pellizotti was provisionally suspended for two years by the International Cycling Union last May. The group ruled that Pellizotti's biological passport indicated that the cyclist’s blood profile values were“abnormal.”