Australian cycling champion banned for doping

Fri Sep 2, 2016 2:19am EDT
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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian Paralympic cyclist Michael Gallagher has been handed a mandatory provisional suspension by Cycling Australia and the Australian Paralympic Committee after testing positive for erythropoietin (EPO).

Scotland-born Gallagher, who won track golds at the Beijing and London Paralympics, was tested out-of-competition at a training camp in Italy in July, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) said in a statement on Friday.

"The test was coordinated by ASADA as part of a comprehensive pre-Rio anti-doping program to ensure the integrity of the Australian Paralympic team," ASADA said.

The provisional suspension has ruled 37-year-old Gallagher out of competing at this month's Paralympics in Rio.

The International Paralympic Committee banned Russia's entire delegation from competing at the Paralympics due to state-sponsored doping.

On Thursday, CAS rejected requests from more than 175 Russian athletes to compete as neutrals.

Last week the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), sport's highest tribunal, rejected a Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) appeal against the IPC suspension.

Russia appealed against the CAS ruling to the Swiss Federal Court, which declined on Wednesday to issue a preliminary injunction that would have let their disabled athletes compete in Rio.

The court said it would rule later on the team's ban.   Continued...