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Vino plans sports training center

Kazakhstan's Alexander Vinokourov (Astana) tested positive for blood doping

Kazakhstan's Alexander Vinokourov (Astana) tested positive for blood doping (Image credit: AFP)

By Susan Westemeyer

Alexander Vinokourov is still awaiting word on his fate after his positive test for blood doping during the Tour de France, but he has not entirely turned his back on sport. According to the French newspaper Le Monde, he is planning to build a luxury sports center in Nice, where athletes can train for the 2012 London Olympics. The facility would offer a variety of facilities for various sports.

The center is estimated to cost about 38 million Euro, and "Vino" is said to have invested 1.4 million Euros of his own money in it. However, the project has run into opposition from local politicians who question a training center run by someone who is facing doping charges.

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