Filippo Magnini Doping Decision Postponed

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Italian swimming world champion Filippo Magnini will have to continue to await his fate in a doping case.

Magnini appeared before a court of Italy’s anti-doping agency on Monday, but at the end of a four-hour hearing judges ruled additional time was needed and postponed their decision to Nov. 6, The Associated Press reported. He faces a possible eight-year ban.

“I simply recounted the truth and now I’m calm. I am totally innocent,” Magnini told the AP. “I’m happy because my lawyers managed to bring out the truth. The sentence was postponed because of the complexity of the case.I’m calm, we’ll see on Nov. 6. … Now I’m happy because after a year and a half we’ve been able to talk. I have always behaved well in this period because I never gave interviews, I always kept a low profile. Now I feel better, now that I have talked it’s a huge sigh of relief.”

Italy’s anti-doping prosecutor has requested an eight-year ban for Magnini, and a four-year ban for his relay teammate Michele Santucci, who are both accused of using banned substances.

Santucci, who was present on Monday, faces his own hearing on Wednesday.

Magnini won the 100-meter freestyle at the 2005 and 2007 world championships and a relay bronze at the 2004 Olympics.

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Author: Daniel D'Addona

Dan D'Addona is the lead college swim writer for Swimming World. He has covered swimming at all levels since 2003, including the NCAA championships, USA nationals, Duel in the Pool and Olympic trials. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a graduate of Central Michigan University. He currently lives in Holland, Michigan, where he also is the Sports Editor at The Holland Sentinel.

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