Eight Italians cleared of doping violations

Eight Italians cleared of doping violations
Fabrizio Donato and seven others were cleared of doping violations. Photo: Johannes Eisele
Olympic triple jump bronze medallist Fabrizio Donato was among eight Italian athletes, including several hoping to compete at the Rio Games, cleared of doping violations on Monday by the country's anti-doping tribunal.

Donato, the 2007 world long jump silver medallist Andrew Howe and Daniele Greco, the 2013 European indoor triple jump champion, had been part of a group of 26 athletes facing two-year bans after they were accused of failing to provide doping samples.

In December, Italy's anti-doping agency called for the athletes to be suspended for “evading, refusing or failing to submit themselves to provide samples” as well as breaching rules about informing doping authorities of their out-of-competition whereabouts.

The cases were then sent to the national anti-doping court, with a decision over the remaining 18 athletes expected to be returned in the next few weeks.

No reason was given for the court's decision on Monday, but Italian media reported that the national anti-doping agency is likely to appeal the ruling.

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