Friday, February 22, 2008

Despres Fights Back Against Doping Penalty

Canadian bobsleigh pilot Serge Despres says he has "possibly the lowest recorded positive test in the history of drug testing," and it will cause him to miss the Vancouver Olympics.

Despres, of Cocagne, N.B., was handed a 20-month suspension on Tuesday after testing positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone in an off-season test last summer.

The 29-year-old, who drove Canada 2 to an 11th-place finish at the Turin Olympics in 2006, has hired high-profile California lawyer Howard Jacobs to fight the case. On Tuesday, they filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, although not to contest the finding, because Despres recognizes that he has some responsibility for the positive test.

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