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CAS to rule on Hamilton case by year-end

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) hopes to reach a decision on U.S. cyclist Tyler Hamilton’s appeal of a blood doping suspension by the end of the year or the beginning of 2006, news agency AP reported. A first hearing was held in Denver on Sept. 6-8 but, because not all the evidence could be presented at the time, it was decided to suspend the session and resume it later.

The date of the second hearing, which will take into account the statements of witnesses and experts, still needs to be coordinated by the CAS. Tyler Hamilton has consistently denied having recurred to blood doping, for which he was suspended by the independent American Arbitration Association on April 18, 2005. The Olympic Gold medallist tested positive for blood transfusion on September 11, 2004.

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