Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador's doping charges were upheld on Monday. He was stripped of his 2010 Tour de France title and banned from the sport for two years.
The decision was handed down by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The three-man panel held that Contador was guilty of taking performance-enhancing drugs.
Contador originally argued that the presence of clenbuterol in his system was not the result of illegal doping. The cyclist said it was because he ate contaminated meat.
Clenbuterol is sometimes used to fatten up livestock, Sports Illustrated reports.
However, the CAS rejected his story. In coming to its decision the court noted that Spain was not known to have any clenbuterol contamination problems. They also pointed out that no other athletes had issues with clenbuterol after consuming Spanish-produced meat.
Their conclusion was that Contador's positive clenbuterol test was most likely caused by the "ingestion of a contaminated food supplement."
The Court of Arbitration for Sport is an independent institution. It was created to mediate and facilitate all manner of sports-related disputes. Cases can be referred to the CAS through a variety of mechanisms. Individuals and organizations such as athletes, clubs, and sports federations can all have access to the CAS. The decisions are just as enforceable as those handed down by judges. The CAS head offices are located in Switzerland.
Alberto Contador's doping allegations may have cost him his 2010 Tour de France title, but the cyclist still has other wins to his name. He previously won the race in 2007 and 2009. Cyclist Andy Schleck is next in line to become the 2010 champion.
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