Valverde Ever Given Doping Ban

By road: the Swiss Court for civil rights has not repealed Alejandro Valverde’s ban in Italy after he went there to meet a further appeal. The Court upheld the decision of the CAS, Court of arbitration for sport, to enforce the two-year suspension.

The Swiss Court for civil rights has not repealed Alejandro Valverde’s ban in Italy after he went there to meet a further appeal. The Court upheld the decision of the CAS, Court of arbitration for sport, to enforce the two-year suspension.

The Italian Olympic Committee has issued a racing ban on Alejandro Valverde after his DNA could have been matched to blood bags containing EPO seized during Operacion Puerto. Valverde appealed to CAS, which in turn upheld the ban.

The Spaniard then appealed the decision of the CAS in the Swiss civil court. He claimed that one of the arbitrators, Ulrich Hess, was not neutral as he has worked for the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The Swiss Court rejected this argument and now requires that Alejandro Valverde is responsible for the costs of the case. Valverde is banned in Italy until May 10, 2011.

International Cycling Federation is now working to extend the ban worldwide.

This means that the cheater Alejandro Valverde, who was third at yesterday’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège, will be banned for doping very soon. Something he should have been long ago.