Casoni, ranked 468th, fails drug test, suspended

Updated: September 6, 2006, 1:09 PM ET
Associated Press

ROME -- Italian tennis player Giulia Casoni tested positive for a banned substance and has been suspended pending an inquiry into the case.

Casoni tested positive for Formoterolo -- a stimulant used in asthma treatment -- at a tournament in the Adriatic resort of Pesaro on July 28, the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) said Wednesday.

Formoterolo is on the IOC's list of banned substances as an anabolic agent, though its use is permitted with special dispensation. Casoni, ranked 486th in the world, had not asked for permission to use the substance, CONI said.

The 28-year-old Casoni hasn't won a WTA tour title.

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