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Monday, 26 January, 1998, 16:32 GMT
'Tashkent terror' banned from cycling for one year

A Swiss-based sporting tribunal has increased to one year, a six-month ban imposed on the Uzbek racing cyclist, Djamolidin Abdoujaparov, after he tested positive for drugs during last year's Tour de France.

The decision was taken by the International Sports Arbitration Tribunal after the International Cycling Union ICU had appealed against the six-month ban imposed by the Uzbekistan Cycling Federation, saying it was too lenient.

The tribunal has also imposed a fine of about three thousand dollars and deducted three-hundred ranking points.

Mr Abdoujaparov, who is thirty-three, is a sprint specialist, known in sporting circles as the Tashkent Terror.

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