Italian cyclist Davide Rebellin‘s hearing before the CONI (Italian Olympic Committee), which was scheduled for this past week, has been postponed due to scheduling conflicts. The new hearing date has yet to be announced. On the day of the hearing, Rebellin had an appointment with the Monaco Cycling Federation, where he rides under a license issued by them. He tested positive for the EPO derivative CERA last summer at the Beijing Olympics. Italian Danilo Di Luca has also tested positive for CERA, at this year’s Giro. The CONI has recommended a three-year ban for the Italian; “I feel calm and remain confident of being able to demonstrate my innocence at the appropriate time and place,” he says. Both cyclists retain their innocence….
After testing positive on April 28th for using the banned blood-booster EPO-CERA and losing his Olympic silver medal, Davide Rebellin may have to pay damage payments to the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI). The CONI announced Thursday after meeting in Rome that they have requested that their lawyer, Massimo Ranieri, to open a case against Rebellin “for the harm that his behavior has caused Italy, CONI and the entire national sports movement.” He will also have to return his medal and the 75,000 Euro award from the Italian Cycling Foundation. The Italian Anti-Doping Tribunal (TNA) has yet to suspend Rebellin. Check back for more info.