Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Tyler Hamilton appeals to CAS to overturn doping ban
DENVER -- Olympic champion cyclist Tyler Hamilton appeared
before the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Tuesday in hopes of
having his blood-doping suspension lifted.
Hamilton and his lawyer, Howard Jacobs, argued their case at the
Brown Palace hotel in downtown Denver in their final appearance
before the panel, which will decide his fate within the next few
The hearing before the Swiss-based CAS, the highest court for
sports cases in the world, lasted nearly 12 hours. Hamilton
declined to comment during a lunch break other than to again assert
his innocence. Jacobs didn't immediately return phone calls to The
Associated Press after the hearing concluded.
Considered a possible successor to retired seven-time Tour de
France champion Lance Armstrong, Hamilton has denied any doping
violation and has criticized the testing methods of cycling's
international governing body. He was suspended for two years on
April 18 by the independent American Arbitration Association.
His is the first case based on a test designed to detect the
presence of someone else's red blood cells in a sample. A blood
transfusion can increase endurance by providing extra
oxygen-carrying red blood cells to muscles.
If Hamilton's two-year ban is upheld, he won't be able to race
competitively until April 2007, by which time he'd be 36 years old.
Hamilton tested positive during the Spanish Vuelta in September
2004, a month after he won the time trial gold medal at the Athens
Olympics. His initial blood sample in Athens also tested positive
but that case was dropped because his backup specimen was
mistakenly frozen and could not be analyzed. Still, the Russian
Olympic Committee filed an appeal with the CAS seeking to strip
Hamilton of his gold medal and give it to silver medalist