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.