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Newz Forum: OLYMPICS: Lichtenegger drug ban increased from six to 15 months

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posted on Jul, 7 2004 @ 02:54 PM
Switzerland (AP) - Austrian hurdler Elmar Lichtenegger had his doping ban increased from six to 15 months Wednesday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, making him ineligible for next month's Athens Olympics.

Lichtenegger tested positive for the performance enhancing steroid norandrosterone in July 2003. He didn't dispute the test results, saying he ingested the substance as part of a legal dietary supplement.

The Austrian Athletics Union imposed a six-month ban, which Lichtenegger completed in February. But the International Association of Athletics Federations demanded he serve the mandatory two-year ban and took the case to CAS.

The CAS confirmed Lichtenegger committed a doping offense and increased his period of ineligibility to 15 months, starting Aug. 11, 2003.

The 30-year-old Lichtenegger said last month he would retire if he couldn't compete in Athens.

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