Casoni, ranked 468th, fails drug test, suspended

9/6/2006 - Tennis

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.