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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has overturned Olympic swimmer Filippo Magnini‘s four-year suspension. 37-year-old Magnini took to social media to celebrate the announcement.
“I WON. The CAS acquitted me of all kinds of accusations. It has always been like this, I have always won races in the last few meters. They taught me never to give up. I have always been an athlete and a correct person. I tremble with joy.”
Magnini is retired but has continued to deny allegations of doping. Magnini and fellow Italian swimmer Michele Santucci were both sanctioned for their association with Italian nutritionist Guido Porcellini. Porcellini was banned for 30 years, and Italian media reported that Magnini was central to the case against Porcellini.
Last fall, the Italian anti-doping organization (NADO) officially banned Magnini and Santucci for four years each. Both were accused of “use or attempted use of doping substances,” and Magnini was also accused of abetting and administration or attempted administration of a prohibited substance.
Teh 38-year old Magnini won an Olympic bronze medal on Italy’s 800 free relay at the 2004 Olympic Games. He is also a 4-time World Champion and 13-time World Championship medalist, including individual 100 free gold medals at the 2005 and 2007 long course World Championships. He also has 17 European Championships.
In his appeal, Magnini “objected to the facts found against him by the Italian National Anti-Doping Tribunals.”
Per the CAS:
On the basis of the evidence placed before it, the Panel determined that there was insufficient evidence to conclude that Filippo Magnini had violated the WADC. Accordingly, it flowed that the sanction had to be annulled.
Both swimmers appealed their bans with a national anti-doping tribunal. Santucci won his appeal and had his suspension dropped, but Magnini’s appeal was rejected.