Jessica Hardy beats WADA in doping court case

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Associated Press

Posted on May 21, 2010 at 10:38 AM

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A court has rejected the World Anti-Doping Agency's appeal to extend American swimmer Jessica Hardy's doping ban.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday dismissed WADA's appeal to lengthen the ban from one to two years, but offered no ruling on whether Hardy should be allowed to compete at the 2012 London Olympics.

Hardy tested positive for clenbuterol at the U.S. Olympic trials in 2008 and missed the Beijing Games.

She served a one-year ban and set several breaststroke world records after returning to swimming last year.

The IOC must now decide whether to apply a rule which bars athletes from the next Olympics if they serve a doping ban of at least six months.

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