French wins legal suit

Mark French won a libel suit against an Australian radio programme, which had made statements...

Mark French won a libel suit against an Australian radio programme, which had made statements concerning his doping case from 2004, according to the AP. The court awarded him $227,500 Aus plus expenses.

The Australian Olympic Committee gave French a two-year ban in 2004 after packages of banned products were found in his room at a national training academy in Adelaide. The Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned the ruling, saying there was no evidence that he had used or trafficked in illegal substances.

The 24-year-old track rider rode in both the team and individual men's sprint events at the Beijing Olympics.(SW)

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