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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday said that it had dismissed the appeal of Italian cyclist Riccardo Ricco against a 12-year ban imposed for blood doping.
In a statement, the Swiss-based tribunal said it had rejected Ricco's arguments that the Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping body used flawed procedures and failed to act impartially.
The sanction was imposed from April 2012, a year after Ricco had to be admitted to hospital urgently having transfused his own blood.
Ricco appealed to CAS in June 2012.