Russia wants Ekimov to get gold


MOSCOW -- The Russian Olympic Committee has filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport seeking to strip American cyclist Tyler Hamilton of his Olympic time-trial gold medal and give it to Vyacheslav Ekimov because of a doping controversy.

A committee statement said the appeal was filed with the
Lausanne, Switzerland-based court last Thursday.

"The ROC insists on the disqualification of Hamilton," the
statement said.

Hamilton edged Ekimov in
the Athens Olympics in August.

An initial doping test led to suspicions Hamilton had used a
blood transfusion to boost his endurance. But the International
Olympic Committee abandoned its probe in September because the
American's backup specimen mistakenly was frozen and there weren't
enough red blood cells left to analyze.

Hamilton kept his medal because an athlete is considered guilty
of doping only when both samples come back positive.

Ekimov is to be represented at the court by British lawyer
Michael Beloff, the statement said.