No Olympics for Spanish walker after doping ban
Spanish walker Francisco ”Paquillo” Fernandez, a 2004 Olympic
silver medalist, will miss the London Games after losing a doping
The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it has upheld an appeal
by the IAAF and banned Fernandez for two years.
The 35-year-old Fernandez cannot compete until December after
the court allowed for time served while provisionally
Track and field’s ruling body says Fernandez admitted possessing
the endurance-boosting drug EPO. Spanish authorities found it in
his apartment in 2009. The IAAF appealed after a Spanish track
tribunal cleared Fernandez to compete last May.
Fernandez is a three-time world championships silver medalist in
the 20-kilometer walk.