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CAS Upholds Landis's Two-Year Ban for Doping

Reuters
Jun 30, 2008

Floyd Landis competes in the Trek Hill Climb up Vail pass as a multi-sport team member for Athletes For A Cure during the Teva Mountain Games June 3, 2007 in Vail, Colorado. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Floyd Landis competes in the Trek Hill Climb up Vail pass as a multi-sport team member for Athletes For A Cure during the Teva Mountain Games June 3, 2007 in Vail, Colorado. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)


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LONDON—The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld the two-year doping ban on cyclist Floyd Landis on Monday, dismissing the American's appeal.

Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title after failing a dope test, was ordered to pay $100,000 towards the cost of arbitration over the ban, which started on Jan. 30, 2007.

"Justice was served, as it was in the first case," Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) which imposed the ban, told Reuters.

"The decision sends a strong reminder that no athlete is above the rules and that USADA and WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) will do everything within its authority to protect the rights of clean athletes to complete."

The USADA banned Landis, 32, after he tested positive for synthetic testosterone on the 17th and penultimate stage of the 2006 Tour.

The American denied wrongdoing and blamed procedural mistakes by the French laboratory for his positive test.

The CAS's announcement followed a five-day hearing in New York in March. The body's three-lawyer panel heard 35 hours of testimony that included 14 witnesses and written testimony from 10 others.

The decision to uphold the sanction means Spaniard Oscar Pereiro will retain the title handed to him after Landis's ban.


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