Rome - Former
two-time world 100m freestyle champion Filippo Magnini was handed a
four-year ban for doping on Tuesday after being found guilty of using or
attempting to use banned products, said reports.
Italy's anti-doping agency (Nado) had demanded an eight-year ban for
the 2005 and 2007 world champion, who also won Olympic bronze with the
4x200m Italian relay team in Athens (2004).
On Tuesday the 36-year-old Italian, who retired last December, was instead handed a four-year ban.
An investigation into Magnini and fellow swimmer Michele Santucci was
opened after criminal proceedings against a rogue nutritionist, Guido
Porcellini was banned for 30 years by the Italian authorities for trafficking doping products and counterfeit medicine.
Magnini's name was found among the evidence, which revealed certain
products to be destined for the Italian swimmer, although investigators
conceded he may not have used or even received them.
"This sentence has had my name on it for a long time, that's why I'm
feeling such anger," said Magnini, whose popularity rose while he was
the partner of Italian swimming superstar Federica Pellegrini.
"There's no proof."
Magnini said he will appeal the four-year ban, a sanction that was also handed to Santucci.