ROME (AP) -- The Italian Olympic Committee has requested two-year doping bans for 26 track and field athletes -- several of whom are slated to compete at next year's Rio de Janeiro Games.
The list includes Fabrizio Donato, the bronze medalist in triple jump at the 2012 London Olympics; Andrew Howe, the silver medalist in long jump at the 2007 world championships; and Alex Schwazer, the gold medalist in 50-kilometer race walk at the 2008 Beijing Olympics who has already been banned for doping.
All 26 are accused of evading doping tests but maintain there was an administrative error. They will face trials at CONI's anti-doping court, with decisions expected sometime next year.
Five of the 26 had already qualified for Rio while about 10 have retired, including pole vaulter Giuseppe Gibilisco.