Report: Ex Olympic champion Schwazer tests positive again

Report: Ex Olympic champion Schwazer tests positive again

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 6:46 p.m. ET

ROME (AP) The Italian track and field federation says it has been notified that 2008 Olympic race walking champion Alex Schwazer is facing another doping case.

The Gazzetta dello Sport reported Wednesday that Schwazer and the Italian federation (FIDAL) were informed a day earlier that a May 12 retest of a Jan. 1 doping control sample showed positive traces.

The retest was conducted after Schwazer qualified for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

FIDAL confirmed to The Associated Press that the Gazzetta report was accurate.


Schwazer, who was banned for three years and nine months after testing positive for EPO before the 2012 Olympics, returned to competition and won the 50-kilometer event at the world championships in Rome in May.

Schwazer's lawyer, Gerhard Brandstaetter, said the newspaper report was ''false and unbelievable,'' and threatened legal action.