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Posted: Tuesday October 9, 2012 4:38PM ; Updated: Tuesday October 9, 2012 4:38PM

Former Olympic race walk champ under investigation for doping

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Alex Schwazer
Alex Schwazer will face the Italian Olympic Committee on October 16.
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ROME (AP) -- Former Olympic race walk champion Alex Schwazer will be questioned by the Italian Olympic Committee on Oct. 16 after being excluded from the London Games for doping.

Schwazer won the 50-kilometer event at the 2008 Beijing Games. He failed an out-of-competition test before arriving in London and was removed from Italy's team before competing. He then admitted using the blood-boosting hormone EPO and said he was quitting the sport.

Schwazer was placed under investigation last month by a Rome court and is 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.

The IOC is considering a retest of Schwazer's samples from the Beijing Games. He maintains he was clean at the time.

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