The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne has rejected the appeal filed by Alex Schwazer against the rejection of his request to suspend his eight-year ban for violating anti-doping rules. The athlete challenged on November 10 the decision of the Sports Integrity Unit (AIU) of the World Athletics Federation, which rejected his request to suspend the eight-year disqualification period from August 11, 2016, which was imposed on him for his second doping offense. Given the Court's decision, the exclusion period therefore remains in force. The demonstrators' lawyers do not agree and now reserve the possibility of launching other legal initiatives once they have the judge's motivations.

The bitterness of Schwazer lawyers: “We are evaluating appeals”

“We noted with bitterness the CAS decision which rejected Alex Schwazer's appeal seeking a reduction in the disqualification sanctioned at the time. We are convinced that Alex Schwazer is entitled to the reduction requested for the cooperation provided for by the anti-doping regulations in force”, declare the athlete's lawyers. “We reserve the right – they add – to examine the reasons in question as soon as they are known to evaluate possible further further judicial initiatives. We remain convinced that he will ultimately obtain this legitimate and deserved opportunity.” They also wish to point out that to date, “there is a provision of the ordinary Italian justice which ruled in favor of Alex, while only sporting justice, with the corresponding appeals to the Swiss Federal Court, proved him wrong”. They made it known that Schwazer continued to train all this time: “He was and still is able to express great performances and achieve excellent results also in favor of Italian sport,” they conclude.

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