Kostner cleared to compete in 2016 after settling dispute

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Former figure skating world champion Carolina Kostner has been cleared to compete next year after settling a dispute with the Italian Olympic Committee and World Anti-Doping Agency over whether she helped her former boyfriend cheat.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says Kostner agreed to a demand by Italian doping officials to have a 16-month suspension lengthened by five months in a case involving her ex-boyfriend and Olympic race walking gold medalist Alex Schwazer.

CAS said Monday that the ban was backdated to April 1, 2014, meaning Kostner will be eligible to compete again from Jan. 1.

The 28-year-old Kostner was accused of helping Schwazer evade a doping test and other infractions but had denied wrongdoing.