Contador hearing set to end

2011-11-23 17:24

Lausanne - The Court of Arbitration for Sport will complete the hearing of Alberto Contador's doping case in time on Thursday, CAS general secretary Matthieu Reeb said.

"There will be no changes," Reeb said on Wednesday, naming speculation from the previous day "wrong."

Spanish media speculated on Tuesday that the hearing on Contador's positive test for clenbuterol during the 2010 Tour de France may take longer than the planned four days.

All parties involved in the hearing have been tight-lipped and Contador was also not set to speak after being heard in person by the three-man CAS panel on Wednesday.

The four-day hearing is to be concluded by Thursday with the final statements of Contador's lawyers, the Spanish cycling federation, the world governing cycling body, UCI, and the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Contador tested positive for the forbidden substance clenbuterol during the 2010 Tour which he went on to win. He attributed the adverse finding to contaminated meat he ate before the doping test.

The Spanish federation cleared him of all charges, against which the UCI and WADA appealed before CAS.

The CAS hearing has been delayed twice since June and a verdict is not expected until January. If Contador is found guilty he could be stripped of the 2010 Tour title and other results including the 2011 Giro d'Italia title.