CAS rejects WADA's bid to double Hardy's ban

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Friday overruled a call by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to double the length of a doping ban on US swimmer Jessica Hardy.

"The CAS Panel confirmed the one-year suspension commencing on 1 August 2008 and concluding on 31 July 2009, a suspension which has already been served by the athlete," said the CAS in a statement.

Hardy withdrew from the 2008 U.S. Olympic swimming trials after a positive drug test and was banned from competing for a year by the American Arbitration Association.

But WADA last year filed an appeal seeking the ban to be doubled to two years.

In its decision, the CAS said that the swimmer had "shown good faith" when she took the supplements that were later found to contain a banned steriod.

The CAS said Hardy obtained the supplements directly from the manufacturer, not from an unknown source and the supplements were not correctly labelled.

WADA director David Howman said in a statement that the agency "fully respects" the court's decision.

He noted that under the World Anti-Doping Code, when an athlete has been found not to have committed significant fault, the required period of suspension could be halved.

"CAS accepted a sanction of 12 months (which) was appropriate. WADA is satisfied that CAS fully scrutinised this case and abides by the CAS ruling," he added.

Source: Xinhua


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