Frenchman Fauconnet banned for doping offence

Paris: French short-track speed skater Thibaut Fauconnet, who won the 1,000 metres World Cup in season 2010-11, has been banned for 18 months after testing positive for a banned stimulant.

"The athlete ... had a cold when he was tested 48 hours before a World Cup event on Dec. 20, 2010," the French Ice Sports Federation (FFSG) said on its website before adding the drugs were prescribed by Fauconnet`s doctor.

"He has been suspended for 18 months by the ISU`s (International Skating Union) anti-doping commission. The athlete has informed us he wants to appeal against the ban before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)."

Fauconnet, 26, tested positive for tuaminoheptane, a substance found in nasal decongestants. His suspension has been back-dated to start on Dec. 27 last year.

The FFSG did not explain what would happen with the Frenchman`s results from the 2010-11 season, which ran from Dec. 3 to March 20.

Bureau Report

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