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Bastianelli to appear before Italian Olympic Committee

Marta Bastianelli (Fiamme Azzurre)

Marta Bastianelli (Fiamme Azzurre) (Image credit: Davide Tricarico)

Road World champion Marta Bastianelli will appear before the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) on August 5 after testing non-negative for a banned substance according to CONI's website.

The 21 year-old is contesting her elimination from the Italian Olympic team, saying her positive test for the dietary aid flenfluramine, during a routine doping control at the European championships held in Italy in June.

Bastianelli has said she took the product to lose some weight. She said she did not believe it was a banned substance, but rather an herbal product.

"I am sorry," Bastianelli had told Reuters. "I hope the investigation brings out the truth. I want to show everyone this is not technical doping."

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