RIM – Double World Swimming Champion Filippo Magnini was banned for four years for doping.
The Italian anti-doping agency has issued a verdict for a retired swimmer on Tuesday, and gave the same sentence to Magnella's relay teamman Michele Santucci.
Both were found guilty of using and attempting to use prohibited substances.
Swimmers were linked to nutritionist Guido Porcellini, who is forbidden for 30 years for the distribution of illegal drugs.
Magnini, who won the freestyle of 100 meters at the 2005 and 2007 world championships and the bronze relay at the 2004 Olympics, has never shown positive results and believes he has never arrived. He was a definite critic of doping during his career, participating in the "I am doping free" initiative.
Magnini says, "I did not do anything. This sentence is ridiculous."
The anti-doping prosecutor seeks eight years of ban on Magninias.
Santucci co-operated with Magnin when Italy won the bronze in a 4 × 100 meter relief in 2015 worlds.
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