Rio 2016 Olympics: 50km walker Alex Schwazer banned for eight years

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Italy’s 2008 Olympic 50km walk champion Alex Schwazer has been banned for eight years and will miss Rio 2016 after losing an appeal in a second doping case.

Schwazer, 31, helped Italy win the world 50km walk team title in May after a 45-month ban for a positive test for erythropoietin before London 2012.

A retest of a sample given in January showed traces of steroids.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected his appeal.

“All competitive results obtained by Alex Schwazer from and including 1 January 2016 are disqualified with all resulting consequences, including forfeiture of medals, points and prizes,” CAS said in a statement.

Schwazer had previously admitted to using the blood booster erythropoietin (EPO) in 2012.

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