Peru captain Paolo Guerrero’s request to lift ban temporarily rejected by CAS

first_imgPeru captain Paolo Guerrero appeal to temporarily lift his 14-month ban for the second time has been rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).Guerrero, who was handed the ban for a doping offence, had earlier appealed to lift the ban ahead of the World Cup and succeeded, thus, allowing him to take part in Russia.He was banned in May by CAS after testing positive for a cocaine byproduct found in a tea he drank.The 34-year-old, who has denied wrongdoing, appealed to the Swiss Federal Court, the final instance in the sporting judicial system, which on May 31 agreed to lift the suspension pending a final decision, allowing him to play at this year’s World Cup.The ban was reimposed in August and the Swiss court said in a statement on Monday that it had turned down the request for another suspension.Guerrero joined Internacional from fellow Brazilian club Flamengo in August.Guerrero tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, following a World Cup qualifier in Argentina last October.He said it was found in his system because of a herbal infusion he drank that was contaminated with coca leaf, an ingredient in cocaine which is also widely used as a non-narcotic traditional remedy in South America.CAS, which backdated the start of the ban to last November, itself recognised that Guerrero ingested the substance unknowingly and did not intend to enhance his performance.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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