Rome court opens doping inquiry into Schwazer

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ROME (AP) -- Former Olympic race walk champion Alex Schwazer has been placed under investigation by a Rome court after being excluded from the London Games for doping.

The ANSA news agency reports that the court's inquiry is based on documentation provided by the Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping prosecutor. Doping is illegal in Italy, with sentences ranging from three months to 3 years.

Schwazer won the 50-kilometer event at the 2008 Beijing Games. He failed a test before arriving in London and was removed from Italy's team before competing. He then admitted using the blood-boosting hormone EPO.

Calls to the court were unanswered.

Schwazer is also being investigated by prosecutors in his hometown of Bolzano and in Padua, where an inquiry into banned physician Michele Ferrari is based. Schwazer admitted consulting with Ferrari.