Officials seek world ban for Valverde

ROME -- The Italian Olympic Committee is stepping up its pressure on the International Cycling Union to extend its two-year ban for Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde worldwide.

CONI president Giovanni Petrucci said Tuesday that he has asked Italian cycling federation president Renato Di Rocco, who is also the UCI vice president, to speed up the issue within the international federation.

Italian media reported Monday that the Swiss Federal Court rejected an appeal by Valverde seeking to overturn a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport upholding his ban in Italy. The Swiss court has not publicized its ruling yet.

Valverde appealed to CAS that the Italians had no legal right to judge him based on evidence seized by Spanish police in 2006.