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Thursday, 24 January, 2002, 14:19 GMT
Longo drugs ban upheld
Andrea Longo coasts home during one of the 800m heats at the Sydney Olympics
Longo failed to convince the panel of his innocence
Italian 800m runner Andrea Longo has lost his appeal against a two-year suspension imposed after he tested positive for nandrolone.

The illegal steroid was detected when Longo was tested at a race meeting in Turin on 9 June last year.

Longo appealed his suspension on the grounds nutritional supplements possibly containing nandrolone could be behind his doping case.

He had described the ban as a "scandal" and maintained his innocence.

Longo competed for Italy at the Sydney Olympics where he was disqualified in the final after barging Switzerland's Andre Bucher.

See also:

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