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Contador doping case underway

Sport's highest tribunal began a four-day hearing on Monday which could result in three-times Tour de...

Spain's Alberto Contador (R) speeds in 15th stage of the 2010 Tour de France. Picture: AFP

Sport's highest

tribunal began a four-day hearing on Monday which could result in

three-times Tour de France champion Alberto Contador being stripped of

his 2010 title for doping.

Contador tested positive for the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol

during the 2010 Tour and was subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing by

the Spanish cycling federation, which accepted his explanation that he

had eaten contaminated meat.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) and the World Anti-Doping

Agency (WADA) both appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)

over the Spanish ruling, demanding that the rider should be banned.

Contador did not comment as he arrived at the CAS on Monday for the

hearing, postponed twice from June and August, with Spanish officials.

A verdict is not due to be announced until early next year.

The hearing could also turn the spotlight on the recent decision to

clear 109 footballers who tested positive for clenbuterol at the world

under-17 championships in Mexico this year.

Jiri Dvorak, head of world governing body FIFA's medical services,

said the players were not punished because their cases were not

considered as doping but rather as part of a big health problem in

Mexico.

This decision was accepted by WADA which also agreed not to ban five

senior Mexican players who tested positive for the substance at the

CONCACAF Gold Cup this year.

Mexican authorities have admitted the country has been affected by

the practice of injecting cattle with the steroid, which is banned by

WADA.

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