Brazilian Maggi may yet miss Olympics


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  • Wednesday, 24 Mar 2004

LONDON: Brazilian long jumper Maurren Maggi may miss this year's Olympics after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) was called in on Monday to overturn her acquittal for a doping offence. 

Maggi had in January taken a step towards eligibility for the Athens Olympics when Brazil's Superior Sports Tribunal (SST) upheld her claims that her positive test for the banned steroid clostebol stemmed from a substance used during a hair removal procedure. 

But on Monday the IAAF, the world governing body of athletics, appealed against that acquittal to the Swiss-based CAS. 

The 27-year-old Maggi tested positive last June after winning her event at the Brazil Grand Prix and was suspended by her federation for two years, ruling her out of the 2003 Pan-Am Games. 

Admitting the blunder, she blamed her vanity and said she had inadvertently used the substance as it was contained in depilation cream used at the end of a beauty treatment. 

The seven judges of the Brazilian SST voted unanimously to acquit her of any wrongdoing in January. – Reuters  

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