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Italian runner banned 3 years in doping case

December 5, 2013

ROME (AP) — Italian long-distance runner Devis Licciardi has been banned for three years for cheating a drugs test.

The Italian Olympic Committee anti-doping court issued the verdict on Thursday after Licciardi was discovered trying to siphon off clean urine hidden in a prosthetic during a doping exam at the national 10-kilometer championship in Molfetta on Sept. 21.

The anti-doping prosecutor was seeking only a 2 1/2-year ban.

The court also banned Sara Malpetti, Licciardi’s girlfriend, who allegedly helped him, for 3 1/2 years from all sports events in Italy.

Licciardi runs for the Italian Air Force team.

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