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Basso testifies before doping commission

Basso testifies before doping commission

Giro d'Italia champion Ivan Basso testified Wednesday before the Italian Olympic Committee's doping commission, with a decision on possible DNA testing put off until another hearing.
"It went well," Basso said as he emerged from the hearing, which was adjourned to an unspecified date after about two hours.
Basso, who could face a lengthy suspension, was charged with using or attempting to use a banned doping substance or method after sports authorities reopened an investigation into his alleged role in a Spanish doping scandal.
Basso quit the Discovery Channel team on Monday and has already ruled out defending his title at the Giro, which begins May 12.
Fabio Filocamo, a lawyer with the doping commission, said possible DNA testing for Basso would come up in the subsequent session.
"Certainly that will be discussed," Filocamo said. "We're still in the clarification process."
Michele Scarponi of the Acqua & Sapone team said he was willing to submit to a DNA test after a similar hearing Wednesday.
"I made myself available for a DNA test. They wanted a clarification and I said everything I know," Scarponi said, according the Apcom news agency. "Now I'm going to get back on my bike and start thinking about races again. There are very few days before the Giro."
Both riders have been linked to the "Operation Puerto" investigation, which led to Basso's exclusion from last year's Tour de France. Basso's name turned up on a list of cyclists who allegedly had contact with a Spanish doctor accused of running a blood doping clinic in Madrid.
Basso was cleared of involvement by CONI and the Italian cycling federation in October.
However, CONI doping investigators reportedly have obtained bags suspected to contain his blood from Spain and want to compare them with his DNA.
Both riders have denied doping.
Basso's attorney, Massimo Martelli, said no date had been set for the hearing to resume.
"Basso answered all the questions asked of him, and he's very calm," Martelli said after the session ended at the Italian committee's headquarters in Rome.
Scarponi said his participation in the Giro was up to his team.
"If he's not charged how can I stop him? If he were charged then I could suspend him," Acqua & Sapone team manager Palmiro Masciarelli said.


Updated : 2021-05-13 00:47 GMT+08:00