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Di Luca's case unlikely to be appealed to CAS

The likelihood of Danilo Di Luca appealing the three-month suspension of Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is doubtful. CONI made its ruling in the 2004 Oil for Drugs case on October 16 due based on the Italian's relations with previously sanctioned Doctor Carlo Santuccione.

"There is a basis for appealing," noted Di Luca's lawyer, Federico Cecconi, to La Gazzetta dello Sport. "There was no resolution for why Santuccione was able to take a new sports medicine license after his sanction [1995 to 2000 - ed.]. There is however a risk that a decision from CAS would come after the suspension period has passed; therefore it would be without benefit."

Di Luca will likely make the final decision on whether or not to appeal after he returns from his vacation, in one week.

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