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Life-time ban sought for Marzoli

By Susan Westemeyer

The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) is continuing its efforts to crack down in the "Oil for Drugs" affair. Only days after announcing a life-time ban for Dr. Carlo Santuccione, CONI announced that it is also seeking a life-time ban against rider Ruggero Marzoli of team Tinkoff, as well as a three-months ban for Simone Masciarelli and two years for Francesco Di Paolo, both of Team Acqua & Sapone. The length of the bans is now up to the Italian federation's disciplinary committee.

Marzoli had previously been suspended in 1999 for the possession of doping products.

Danilo Di Luca has also been suspended for three months in connection with the affair, a ban which he is currently appealing.

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