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Athlete Devis Licciardi faces anti-doping hearing

September 24, 2013

ROME (AP) — Italian anti-doping authorities have opened an investigation into long-distance runner Devis Licciardi after he reportedly attempted to dodge a drugs test using a fake penis.

Italian media reported that Licciardi was giving a sample following the national 10K championships at Molfetta on Sept. 21 when he was discovered trying to siphon off clean urine hidden in a fake penis.

On Tuesday, the Italian Olympic Committee said its anti-doping prosecutor has opened an investigation into Licciardi and will question the athlete at a hearing on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old Licciardi runs for the Italian Air Force team.