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Ruling would extend Hondo ban for full two years

3/9/2007

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- German cyclist Danilo Hondo's
doping ban must be extended to ensure he serves the full two-year
penalty, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled Friday.

Hondo twice tested positive for the stimulant carphedon at the
2005 Tour of Murcia in Spain.

His suspension was to end on March 31, but a local court in
Switzerland temporarily lifted the sanction last year, allowing him
to take part in races again until the Swiss supreme court upheld
the ban in January.

CAS said Friday that the original dates of the suspension had
been "rendered void."

"It is now for the parties to calculate the terms of the
suspension," CAS secretary-general Matthieu Reeb told The
Associated Press.

Hondo challenged his ban through a little-known provision in CAS
statutes that allows residents of Switzerland to appeal to a
provincial court. Hondo has a home in the southern part of the
country.

Non-Swiss residents can only challenge CAS rulings at the
Federal Tribunal -- Switzerland's highest court -- and only if the
case was run "manifestly contrary to the general principles of
law."